Monday, March 23, 2015. GWEN NUNEZ GONZALEZ Reporting: Approximately 7, 343 students weathered anxiety and excitement to recall their English Language Knowledge and Science Knowledge to sit the Part 1 of the Primary School Examination administered by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports Examination Unit.
The Paper 1 of the Examination involves Multiple Choice (English Language) and Science.
Paper 2 includes Letter Writing and Narrative Writing.
High Schools across the country are in charge of coordinating the administration of the Examination.
Day two of the exam will be May 4th at the same centers.
According to the Ministry of Education Examination Unit “The PSE assesses achievement of curriculum content and skills in the four (4) areas of English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science of the National Primary School Curriculum. The examination is criterion-referenced meaning that performance of “each individual is compared with a preset standard for acceptable achievement…The performance of other examinees is irrelevant.”
In this way, the examination seeks not to rank students in comparison to other students (as in norm-referencing) but to report what each student has achieved for individual subjects.
This is expressed as a percentage score.
The results of the examination are intended to be used for two main purposes: 1. Certification of Students at the completion of primary school in four content areas of the primary curriculum; and 2. Educational decision-making to inform policy, planning and practice at national, district, school and classroom levels.
The PSE is not and was never intended to be used as the sole criteria for entrance into secondary schools”.
It is also important to note that Special Arrangements are made for qualified students including Reader/Scribe, Extra Time, and enlarged font size booklets.
This arrangement is coordinated by Exam Unit and National Recourse Center for Inclusive Education (NaRCIE).
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