Primary Exit Profile (PEP)

What is the Primary Exit Profile?

The Primary Exit Profile (PEP) is a series of assessments that has replaced the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).

The assessment instruments are designed to ascertain student’s performance through demonstration of 21st Century Skills aligned to the National Standards Curriculum (NSC)

PEP will assess students’ knowledge in addition to placing increased emphasis on assessing students’ demonstration of the 21st century skills (e.g. critical thinking, communication).

PEP will provide an account of the academic profile of each student.

Purpose of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP)

  • PEP will be used to generate an academic profile of each student.
  • It will provide accurate information about students’ knowledge, abilities, and skills and across several subject areas.
  • It will measure students’ readiness for grade 7.
  • IT will function as a means of placing students in secondary schools, and will inform the kind of approach that will be required for their success at the secondary level.

Since the curriculum has changed to include an emphasis on skills, the assessment must also change to measure: students’ knowledge of concepts and application of the skills.

Benefits of The Primary Exit Profile (PEP)

  • More accurate claims will be made about what students know and can do with this knowledge.
  • Students’ achievement of the curriculum and their progress will be monitored more regularly.
  • More opportunities will be provided for teachers to identify students’ strengths and weaknesses and therefore plan lessons to meet the specific needs of students.

The Components of PEP

PEP requires all hands on deck for our children to be fully ready:
•Parents get involved in your child’s school.
•Attend PTA Meetings (schools give important information during these forums)
•Partner with your child’s teacher to help develop these skills
Subjects to be assessed are Mathematics, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.

•Will sample content in the grade 6 curriculum ONLY

•Will consist of multiple choice items along with other item types.
•Will assess students’ aptitude in areas of numeracy, verbal and non-verbal abilities, and abstract thinking abilities.

•Requires students to read analytically and demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills.

•NOT based on curriculum

•Will be administered in Grade 6
•A performance task is an activity or assessment that asks students to perform to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and proficiency

•Performance Tasks  use real world scenarios

•It will require students to apply a variety of skills to complete the task; not just recall of information

•Will be curriculum based and assess students’ grasp of content coming from Mathematics, Science, Language Arts, and Social Students

•Performance Tasks will be prepared by the MoEYI and sent to schools

•It will be administered once in grade 4, once in grade 5 and once in grade 6.
•It will be administered by the teacher within the student’s classroom. Students should be more comfortable as they will do their Performance Tasks in a familiar space and it will be administered by a familiar face.
Ability Test – 30%
Curriculum Based Test and Performance Tasks – 70%

Types of Questions

The assessments under PEP will include a variety of question types. These question types can be categorized as follows:

  1. Selected-response items: These questions will require students to select one or more responses from a set of options. The following selected response question types will be used: a. Single selected response b. Multiple selected response c. Table Grid d. Order Match
  1. Constructed-response questions: These items will require students to produce a text or numerical response in order to collect evidence about their knowledge or understanding of a given assessment target. The following constructed response question types will be used: a. Short constructed response b. Extended constructed response (Essay/ Story/ Report)

Placement in Secondary School

The placement mechanism will remain the same with students having seven (7) school choices.

The first 5 choices will be any school of choice across the island. The 6th and 7th choice must be made from the cluster list of schools.

The assessment results will also be made available as is customary during the third week of June.

Published by Elorine

Dedicated Early Childhood and Primary Educator, who strive to empower students to be creative self-directed learners, using education to ignite the fire within themselves and others. Experience in establishing and fostering friendly, understanding agreement between students, parents and teachers that matures into prosperous lasting relationships. Acknowledging God; as the fountain and source of all knowledge.

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