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Assessment & Promotion Criteria

Assessment and Promotion Criteria

Updated 22 Feb 18

At Hwa Chong, students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. This is reflected in our comprehensive assessment modes designed to promote independent and inter-dependent learning. Hwa Chong students would thus be better equipped to become leaders and lifelong learners.

The Sec 1-4 curricula include our unique Oral Communication (OC) and Project Work (PW) components. Oral Communication, evaluate students on their familiarity with current affairs in English and Chinese (60%) and oral participation (40%). Project Work assess students on the quality of their project work which encourages active inquiry and intellectual rigour. It also directs students towards independent learning and purposeful reading and reasoning. These alternative/authentic modes of assessment make up our scholastic assessments, and are complemented by academic assessments, which prepare students for the requirements of the GCE Advanced Level Examinations in College 2 (i.e. JC2).

There are two types of academic assessments in HCI: formative and summative. Students are engaged inactive learning through the use of learning tasks that include pop quizzes, diagnostic tests, authentic tasks etc. Feedback from these formative assessments provide teachers with an indicator of the students’ ability so that teaching and learning activities can be designed according to students’ needs. Summative assessments take the form of common test, class test and examination. These summative assessments consolidate students’ learning and indicate their mastery of various subjects. Scores from the summative assessments contribute to the students grades.

We believe the above assessment protocol measures students’ general ability, depth and range of thinking, communication skills and level of passion for a particular discipline.

Secondary 1 - 4 Assessment Structure

Academic Assessments

Scholastic Assessments

Common Test

Class Test

Examination

Oral Communications
(100%)

Project Work
(100%)

15 %

15%

70%

Oral Participation
(Higher Chinese 10%
+

Best 3 subjects 30%)

40%

 

Academic MSG
[Mean subject grade of all academic subjects except OC & PW]

Current Affairs
(Chinese)

30%

Current Affairs
(English)

30%

Scholastic MSG [Mean subject grade of all academic subjects, and OC & PW]

Note: The above academic assessment structure applies to all academic subjects except the Sciences, Sec 1 History and Sec 2 Geography.

 

Lower Secondary Science Assessment Structure

Academic Assessments

Common Test

Class Test

Practical Test

Examination

15 %

10%

5%

70%



Sec 3 Sciences Assessment Structure

 

Academic Assessments

Common Test

Class Test

Practical Test

Examination

15 %

10%

5%

70%

 
Sec 4 Sciences Assessment Structure
 

Academic Assessments

Common Test

Class Test

Practical Test

Examination

15 %

10%

15%

60%

 
 

Sec 1 History and Sec 2 Geography Assessment Structure

Academic Assessments

Common Test

Class Test

Historical /Geographical Investigation

Examination

15 %

15%

30%

40%

 
 
Promotion Criteria
Secondary 1 to 4
 

Level

Passing Criteria

Placement Criterion

Academic MSG (A MSG)

Languages (English & Higher Chinese)

Oral Communication

Project Work

Sec 1

 

A MSG ≤ 6.00

 

C6

C6

C6

Academic MSG ≤6.00 ⇒ IP    

Sec 2

 

A MSG ≤ 4.00

 

C6

C5

B4

Academic MSG ≤3.00 ⇒IP

 

Academic MSG >3.00 ⇒ SIP

Sec 3

 

A MSG ≤ 3.00

 

 

C6

B4

B4

Academic MSG ≤3.00 ⇒ IP

 

Academic MSG >3.00 ⇒ O-Level Class*   

Sec 4

 

A MSG ≤3.00

 

C6

B4

B4

 Academic MSG ≤3.00 ⇒ JC1**

 

Legend: IP: Integrated Programme, SIP: Structured Integrated Programme

*Every Hwa Chong student is important. The school provides a caring environment that is intellectually stimulating and secure. Students who require more support may be placed in a structured learning environment, under the care of highly experienced teachers.  Where it is in the best interest of the students, these individuals may embark on the academic route and take the Singapore–Cambridge GCE O-Level Examinations. This is to broaden their academic options beyond secondary school.

**Secondary 4

Level

Criteria

Remark

From Sec 4 to JC1

Eligibility to take expanded curriculum (i.e. 4H2 subjects): 

Academic MSG ≤ 2.50

Students who wish to do a particular subject at H2 in college would need to score a minimum grade of B3 in that specific subject (refer to college admission details).

S1- 4 ORAL PARTICIPATION RUBRICS

 

Frequency

Score A

·       

·         Quality of Participation

Score B

No questions nor comments

 

0

Questions are fact-based and merely clarify the obvious. 

Responses are vague/sketchy with limited relevance and accuracy.

Merely explores the current situation

1

Only participates when called upon

 

 

1

Questions are relevant/meaningful/ and enhance the understanding of some ideas or concepts.

Responses are conceptually accurate and show some ability to extract relevant points from information provided (applies some use of apt subject terminology in clarifying learning).

Explores and examines the current situation.

2

3

Occasionally* participates in **class and/or group discussions voluntarily when

the opportunity arises.

 

 

2

Questions are somewhat thought provoking/ analytical or enable connection(s) to be made among ideas or concepts.

·         Responses demonstrate the ability to interpret and analyse information provided, and grasp subject-specific concepts (applies consistent use of apt subject terminology in clarifying learning).

·         Explores and examines issues to identify gaps.

4

5

Frequently* participates in

**class and/or group discussions voluntarily when

the opportunity arises.

 

 

**Class & Group Discussions refer to the organic interaction within the classroom context rather than planned presentations (with pre-

planning done before the

actual lesson).

3

Questions are stimulating/searching and constructively challenge the ideas presented on the subject matter.

Responses are well articulated and are substantially supported by evidence gleaned from the interpretation or analysis of information provided & challenges paradigms.

Shows deep understanding of subject beyond the classroom context (applies the frequent and conscious use of apt subject terminology in clarifying learning).

Explores and examines issues to provide new solutions & insights from multiple perspectives.

6

7

 

Oral Participation (OP) Marks Computation

  • Computation of Termly OP Marks (40 marks):

OP Marks of Higher Chinese (10) + OP Marks of best 3 subjects (3X10) = 40

  • Computation of Final OP Marks:

Final OP Marks = Average of OP marks obtained in Terms 1-3

 

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