Senator Ruel Reid
Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid has again stated that there is no need for alarm at the results of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) Mock Performance Task Exam.
Senator Reid held a media briefing on Thursday to clarify issues surrounding the results which have been the subject of much debate.
The Education Minister said the Performance Task accounted for 20 per cent of the total assessment of PEP.
"The Ability test and the Curriculum-based test will account for the remaining 30 and 50 per cent, respectively. Therefore, in our view, it would be unreasonable, premature and a knee-jerk reaction to aview the June 2018 mock performance task as an indication of what will happen when the actual assessment (is) done in 2019," he insisted.
Senator Reid said the Performance Task was not designed to assess students' mastery of the content. Instead, he said it covered students' application of thinking skills.
In the meantime, the Education Ministry has decided to use scaled scores rather than percentage scores to report students' results in the Primary Exit Profile.
They will be similar to those used by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC).