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Assessment & Promotion Criteria

Assessment and Promotion Criteria

Updated 23 Jan 17

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 Independent Studies (IS) components. Oral Communication, evaluate students on their familiarity with current affairs in English and Chinese (60%) and oral participation (40%). Independent Studies 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).

Academic assessments take the form of tests and learning tasks. Learning tasks can include pop quizzes, diagnostic tests, authentic tasks etc. Results of these assessments provide teachers with an indicator of the students’ ability so that teaching and learning activities can be designed according to students’ needs.

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

Learning tasks*

Tests

Examination

Oral Communications
(100%)

Independent Studies
(100%)

10 %

20%

70%

Oral Participation
(Higher Chinese 10%
+

Best 3 subjects 30%)

40%

Project Work
(100%)

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

Current Affairs
(Chinese)

30%

Current Affairs
(English)

30%

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

*Learning tasks can take the form of pop quizzes, authentic tasks, class assignments etc.

Note: The above academic assessment structure applies to all lower subjects except Sec 1 & 2 Humanities and Sec 3 & 4 Sciences. Please see below for the academic assessment structure for Sec 1 & 2 Humanities and Sec 3 & 4 Sciences.

Sec 1 Geography and History Assessment Structure

Academic Assessments

Learning Tasks*

Tests

Historical /Geographical Investigation

Examination

10 %

20%

30%

40%

 

*Learning tasks can take the form of pop quizzes, authentic tasks, class assignments etc.

Sec 2 Geography Assessment Structure
 

Academic Assessments

Learning Tasks*

Tests

Geographical Investigation

Examination

10 %

20%

30%

40%

 
*Learning tasks can take the form of pop quizzes, authentic tasks, class assignments etc.

Sec 2 History Assessment Structure

Academic Assessments

Learning Tasks*

Tests

Historical Investigation

Examination

10 %

20%

10%

60%

 
*Learning tasks can take the form of pop quizzes, authentic tasks, class assignments etc.
 
Sec 3 Sciences
 

Academic Assessments

Learning Tasks*

Theory Tests

Practical Test

Theory Examination

10 %

15%

5%

70%

 
*Learning tasks can take the form of pop quizzes, authentic tasks, class assignments etc.
 
Sec 4 Sciences
 

Academic Assessments

Learning Tasks*

Theory Tests

Practical Examination

Theory Examination

10 %

15%

15%

60%

 
*Learning tasks can take the form of pop quizzes, authentic tasks, class assignments etc.
Promotion Criteria
Secondary 1 to 4
 

Level

Academic MSG Criteria

Oral Communications Criteria

Independent Studies Criteria

Sec 1

Academic MSG ≤ 6.00          (Pass in both languages)

C6

C6

Sec 2

Academic MSG ≤ 4.00          (pass in both languages)

C5

B4

Sec 3

Academic MSG ≤ 3.00 (IP)

Academic MSG ≤ 4.00 (Structured IP)*                      (pass in both languages)

B4

B4

Sec 4

 Academic MSG ≤ 3.00 **

(pass in both languages)

 

B4

B4

*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).

ORAL PARTICIPATION RUBRICS for Sec 1 to 4

 

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

Total score = Score A + Score B 

 

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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