School-based assessment gaining popularity

Friday, September 07, 2012

SEPANG: The school-based assessment (SBA), which replaced the exam-oriented teaching methodology, is gaining popularity among teachers, students and parents.

Lauding the Education Ministry’s efforts to create a more holistic education system, teachers said they had noticed an improvement in their students.

SK Taman Putra Perdana teacher Jumilah Ahmad, 41, said her students were more confident and outspoken after being exposed to the Primary School Standard Curriculum (KSSR), which goes hand in hand with the SBA.

“Students are not stressed as they do not have to strive for one particular examination.

“The assessments are ongoing and they are a part of their daily learning,” she said after a media briefing on SBA here yesterday.

The Bahasa Malaysia teacher, with 15 years experience, added that the students’ improvement in understanding the subject matter also had surprised many parents.

“A parent was close to tears when her Year One child wrote essays as her other children were only able to do so in Year Four.”

She said the modular approach for language subjects to sharpen students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills also had allowed them to master the subjects more easily.

The new system incorporate “language art” in Bahasa Malaysia and English syllabus where they were taught songs, story-telling, poems and acting.

SBA was introduced last year for all government and government-aided primary schools, and for all government and government-aided secondary schools this year.

The teachers are given guidelines to grade their students according to their performance academically and based on co-curricular activities, as well as their innate and acquired abilities.

The programme assesses students based on different evidence markers, like their ability to read or count, and is based on a certain grade or “band”, starting from Band One to Band Six.

Malaysia Examination Board examination director Dr Na’imah Ishak said SBA had received positive feedback despite a few hiccups.

“Some schools are still not clear about the system and we are conducting continuos assessments and training to ensure that the system is delivered well in all schools,” she said.

Read more: School-based assessment gaining popularity – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/school-based-assessment-gaining-popularity-1.138986#ixzz25k6SN7NQ