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