Why mark P3 paper by PSLE standard? : Really ??

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Why mark P3 paper by PSLE standard? : Really ??

Postby verykiasu2010 » Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:03 am

Nov 17, 2010
Why mark P3 paper by PSLE standard?
I AM the parent of a Primary 3 pupil in Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School and I question the practice of using Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) standard to grade the Primary 3 Higher Chinese examination paper.

When my daughter came home with her Higher Chinese Paper 2 answer paper on Monday, she was distraught. I found out she did not do well, scoring 39 out of 50. After I went through her paper, I discovered that there were actually three questions which deserved to be marked correct. I queried the school about this and the head of department called to explain that they were marked based on the PSLE scheme of marking.

My daughter was penalised for writing in an informal tone for her sentence construction question. The other issue was in her comprehension; she got the first part of a two-part question correct, but did not pick the exact portion of the passage to substantiate her answer, and was penalised for it.

The school's practice of preparing pupils for the PSLE early is commendable, but it should be a gradual introduction of standards. Such disheartening results in the name of following the PSLE marking scheme is counter-productive.

As parents, we are already finding it hard to motivate our daughter to take an interest in Chinese. We are language educators and specialists ourselves, yet we are also struggling against the prevailing English-speaking environment to excite her about Chinese.

Tan Tong Jen

http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Onl ... 03942.html
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Postby starlight1968sg » Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:17 am

A coin has 2 sides. For kiasu parents, they will think this is good as it trains the students to be psle conscious. For others, they will question the need to do so as early as p3.

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Postby verykiasu2010 » Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:25 am

what is meant by "grading a Pri 3 paper by PSLE standard" ?

are the questions set / vocab needed is of Pri 6 standard ? or is the exam scope of Pri 6 standard instead of Pri 3 ?

for languages, how to determine which words / phrase is of Pri 3 standard or which are of Pri 6 standard ?

kindly please enlighten, anyone ?
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Postby starlight1968sg » Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:33 am

I think the writer refers to the psle marking scheme.

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Postby JonC » Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:10 pm

It's always good to align the students and parents expectation towards PSLE style of marking as early as possible.

So why not?

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Postby IJJ » Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:29 pm

I am a parent of a P3 child studying in Pei Hwa too. The article did not elaborate on the section(s) and how was it not adhered to the PSLE standard, hence, I could not comment specifically on it. I am guessing he/she was refering to the 造句 (sentense construction). For this, all along, my child's teacher advises them not to write in speech with open and close inverted commas. Such are considered as informal. This could be the reason.

Personally, I found the paper standard alright and marked reasonably. The vocabs are of P3 standard taught during the year. I prefer the school to be consistently strict so that when its PSLE year for them, the students will not need to adjust to another standard.
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Postby art_n_i » Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:32 pm

Honestly, PSLE marking scheme is just a branding teachers would use to draw parents to the attention that it is necessary to mark the papers using a certain standard guideline, in fact from P2 onwards.

The most leeway is given at P1 level when they are still new to the system.

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Postby starlight1968sg » Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:33 pm

art_n_i wrote:Honestly, PSLE marking scheme is just a branding teachers would use to draw parents to the attention that it is necessary to mark the papers using a certain standard guideline, in fact from P2 onwards.

The most leeway is given at P1 level when they are still new to the system.

Haha... start marking the papers in psle way from P1 ! :lol:

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Postby verykiasu2010 » Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:33 pm

IJJ wrote:I am a parent of a P3 child studying in Pei Hwa too. The article did not elaborate on the section(s) and how was it not adhered to the PSLE standard, hence, I could not comment specifically on it. I am guessing he/she was refering to the 造句 (sentense construction). For this, all along, my child's teacher advises them not to write in speech with open and close inverted commas. Such are considered as informal. This could be the reason.

Personally, I find the paper standard alright and marked reasonably. I prefer the school to be consistently strict so that its PSLE year, the students will not need to adjust to another standard.


if that is the case - having to adjust to PSLE "standard" at year 6, then it is NOT teaching according to 'syllabus'.........just like in science, key words are needed to get the marks, scientific terms are required, not layman terms
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Postby art_n_i » Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:51 pm

starlight1968sg wrote:
art_n_i wrote:Honestly, PSLE marking scheme is just a branding teachers would use to draw parents to the attention that it is necessary to mark the papers using a certain standard guideline, in fact from P2 onwards.

The most leeway is given at P1 level when they are still new to the system.

Haha... start marking the papers in psle way from P1 ! :lol:


I believe they do not want to give the children the culture shock so early in the game. :lol:

Well, at the end of the day, parents still have a role to play to explain the correct learning points to the children.

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