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MOE to continue review of PSLE scoring: Heng Swee Keat

The Ministry of Education (MOE) will continue its review of scoring in the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) to support a more holistic education for students.

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Education (MOE) will continue its review of scoring in the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) to support a more holistic education for students.

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat also said the PSLE will continue to be an important milestone examination, which provides schools and children the assessments to help them plan the next steps in their education.

Mr Heng was speaking on Monday at the start of a five-day conference on innovative assessment for students.

"What we will review is the scoring for the Primary School Leaving Examination. This is to support a more holistic education for students and to support our ongoing shift of our education system to move beyond a narrow focus on examination grades and academic success, to a broader emphasis on equipping students with the values, attributes, knowledge and skills for work and life in the 21st century.

“We are keen to learn from others how 21st century skills can be assessed and how we can better use technology to innovate assessment -- be it in the assessment of learning, assessment for learning, or assessment as learning."

About 600 delegates from more than 40 countries are in Singapore for the conference.

This is the second time the International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) Conference is being held in Singapore, and it is hosted by the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB).

More than 160 papers will be presented during the conference.

Discussions will revolve around ways examination bodies and testing agencies can respond to educational and technological changes and ensure that examinations and assessments remain relevant. 

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