(Updated 17 Dec 2009) Academic excellence is one of the more important indicators used by parents to measure the quality of schools. The KiasuParents.com Academic Excellence Ranking for Primary Schools is based on schools with at least 1 student having a T-score of 275 or more points in PSLE from 2000 onwards. By noting the number of consecutive appearances for each school, we can get a feel for the consistency of the quality of the best students passing out from that school.
In general, top students do come from top schools. If a school has multiple consecutive appearances, it will imply that it has gotten a good process for churning out top students. The year is also an important indicator – if the school has not been getting top students in the recent years, it could mean that it is in a transition phase.
Do note that there are many schools with students scoring as high as 274 that are not in this list. The 275 level is used by MOE as the cut-off point for an honorary mention of a school with well performing students for a particular year. Unfortunately, MOE does not release the exact number of such students being produced by each school, so we cannot use that information in our measurement.
The schools score 1 point for every year it graduates any student who scored above 275 for PSLE. The school also gets an additional 0.1 points for every student that it sends to the list of top 10 national graduates of PSLE. Schools are further ranked according to the recency of its good performance in PSLE. The Index is a weighted total of the annual scores, and more recent results are given higher weightage.
We do NOT profess our method to be either definitive or accurate in assessing the relative academic strengths of Primary schools in Singapore. The best measure should be the total number of passes, weighted with the total number of quality passes across all schools. In the absence of such data, however, we feel what we have is the best anyone can publicly offer at the moment.
Note that any school with a Index of less than 1 could well be an anomaly, especially if the score was attained several years ago. On the other hand, schools that consistently managed to churn out students scoring >275 in the last 3 years consecutively probably have a good functioning teaching programme in place.
Not all schools are ranked in this table. Any school that is not in the list are those that have not produced a student scoring >275 in the last 10 years.