Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has explained the recent Primary Exit Profile (PEP) mock exam results.He is also calling on educators, parents, students and stakeholders of PEP to remain calm about the results they received, as they represent only a percentage of the total score students will receive after sitting the actual examinations as of 2019.“The mock was administered on one component of the PEP, that is, the Performance Task, which accounts for 20 per cent of the total assessment,” the Minister said.He was speaking at the Ministry’s quarterly press conference, held on Thursday (December 6) at his offices in downtown Kingston.“The Ability Test and the Curriculum-Based Test (CBT) will account for the remaining 30 per cent and 50 per cent, respectively. Therefore, it is unreasonable, premature and a knee-jerk reaction to view the June 2018 Mock Performance Task as an indication of what will happen when the actual assessments are done in 2019. It is to be noted that the Performance Task and the Curriculum Based Test are based on content/curriculum material covered in grade six,” he noted.“The same will apply where the Performance Task, to be administered in June 2019 to grade-four and -five students, is concerned. Grade-four students will be assessed on what they would have covered at grade four, while grade-five students will be assessed on the basis of content covered in grade five,” the Minister explained.He added that the Ministry and other examining bodies have no general practice or tradition of reporting on mock or pilot assessment results; therefore, there was no need to put the details of the Mock Exam, being only a per cent of the overall score, out to the public.“Just for transparency, we did so, and as it turned out we should have perhaps had a session where we explain where the grading was going to be. Rather than that, we put them out there and people have their own interpretation,” he said.The Minister also noted that the three levels or performance categories in relation to June’s Mock Performance Test, which is Standard Met, Standard Nearly Met and Standard Not Met, are not the same rubric/scoring/reporting scheme that will apply in respect of the actual examinations slated for 2019.Senior Education Officer in the Students Assessment Unit, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Maryah Ho-Young, offered more clarity on how the grades will be scored for PEP as of 2019.“In reporting the results of the Primary Exit Profile for each individual student, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has taken the decision to use what we call Scaled Scores, instead of percentage scores. For GSAT, in the Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Communication Task, the schools [and] parents would typically see a percentage score. We’re moving away from that, as we move towards a 21st century assessment,” she noted.Mrs. Ho-Young further explained that a Scaled Score is the conversion of a student’s raw scores from the various tests on to a Common Scale.“Statistics and Mathematics are involved in doing that conversion. Examples of Scaled Scores used in other jurisdictions include the Caribbean Examination Council, with a scale of grades one to six [and] for SAT, as used in the United States of America, they use a scale of 400 to 1,600,” she said.Mrs. Ho-Young said it is important for teachers, administrators and parents to understand what Scaled Scores are.“Raw scores [percentage scores] do not always present the full picture. They don’t take into account other factors, such as one test may be marked out of 20, another test may be marked out of 60, so we have to convert those different marks on to a common scale, in order for us to make a comparison,” she said.“Scaled scores are used to ensure consistency, seeing that the different tests are measuring different aspects, as well as they comprise a different number of questions,” Mrs. Ho-Young added. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has explained the recent Primary Exit Profile (PEP) mock exam results. Story Highlights He is also calling on educators, parents, students and stakeholders of PEP to remain calm about the results they received, as they represent only a percentage of the total score students will receive after sitting the actual examinations as of 2019. “The mock was administered on one component of the PEP, that is, the Performance Task, which accounts for 20 per cent of the total assessment,” the Minister said.
For Louisiana teen Emily Sanchez, 2014 has been the best year of her life so far. First, she finally got her new heart, Emily had been waiting over a year on the transplant list as a result of her life-threatening condition; and second, her wish to meet Justin Timberlake was recently granted by Kids Wish Network.In 2010, Emily began suffering from heart palpitations. Doctors conducted an echocardiogram and stress test on the 8th grade student; the results were devastating, Emily couldn’t walk for more than two minutes without stressing her heart. An angiogram confirmed she had congenital heart disease and a heart malformation. Over the next few years she had a defibrillator implanted, and in late 2012, was told she was in heart failure.Emily was immediately placed on the heart transplant list, but to make matters worse, Emily has a rare blood type that makes finding a suitable match even harder. The teen waited over a year for a new heart, and fortunately, one was matched in early 2014.One thing that always kept Emily smiling throughout her waiting game was listening to music from teen heartthrob Justin Timberlake. All her waiting paid off as Emily received her new heart and recently got to meet the superstar thanks to children’s charity Kids Wish Network.Emily got to rock out at Timberlake’s “20/20 Experience” in New Orleans where she met the star before the concert. Her wish included a mother/daughter day before with lunch at Bravo! Cucina Italiana and a shopping excursion curtsey of Lakeside Shopping Center. Emily and her family dined at Palace Café before the amazing concert.“Thank you Kids Wish Network for granting this wish for my Emily,” writes her mother Jennifer. “It was truly a dream come true, she had a wonderful time.”“Thank you all so much!” adds Emily. “It was amazing.”Emily is currently in good health after her heart transplant. She is looking forward to experiencing everything she missed out on while her heart was failing.Kids Wish Network is a Florida-based charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations.