ASSESSMENT The academic performance of Victorians is assessed regularly. Assessment provides feedback on the learning progress of each Victorian and serves as a tool to gauge if he is ready to advance to the next level. Assessment takes two forms: Continual Assessments (CA) - include class tests, common tests, project work and other assignments, such as homework. CA is both formative (to obtain feedback on a pupil's learning) and summative (to measure attainment). Common tests are held once in Term One for all levels and once in Term Three for S1 - S3 levels. Semestral Examinations (SE) - these are the Mid-Year and Year-End or Preliminary Examinations scheduled to measure pupils’ attainment in the various subjects. As we will be moving to the new school site in Semester 1, the Mid-Year SE will be conducted in May 2005 only for the S1 - S3 level. The Year-End SE is held in October for S1 - S3 levels. From 2005, only the grades scored in the GCE O-Level Examination will be used by MOE for posting pupils to the various JCs for provisional admission in March/April, the following year. It is very important that Victorians aim to do well for the school’s formative Preliminary Examinations so that they can be better prepared for the GCE O-Level Examination. The school has scheduled two examinations for the S4 in July and September. The weightings of the CA and SE are shown below : Semester CA SE Total One 15% 25% 40% Two 15% 45% 60% Total 30% 70% 100% For S4 pupils, there is no CA in Semester Two. The grades scored in the Preliminary Examination will be used by MOE for posting pupils to the various JCs for provisional admission in January, the following year. It is very important that Victorians aim to do well for the Preliminary Examinations so that they can qualify for the Junior College of their choice. Grade Structure Marks Grades > or equal 75 A1 70 - 74 A2 65 - 69 B3 60 - 64 B4 55 - 59 C5 50 - 54 C6 45 - 49 D7 40 - 44 E8 < or equa 39 F9 Absence from CA or SE Pupils who are absent from a CA or SE paper must submit a Medical Certificate upon returning to school. (Only exceptional reasons for absence approved by Principal would be considered). Otherwise, they would get no marks for the test or exam paper concerned. Progress Report After each major CA or SE, the results are reported in the Progress Report Card or Result Slip for Parents' or Guardians' information. Parents or Guardians are to initial on the result slip. Parents and Guardians must ensure that their child or ward bring the progress card to their attention. They should contact the school if they find anything amiss. ASSESSMENT POLICIES AND BENCHMARKS Entry to Victoria School does not guarantee a pupil doing well academically at the end of 4 years. Victorians must aim towards and be committed to meet the expectations set out. The academic policies and benchmarks expected for all Victorians are shown in the table below. Policy S1 S2 S3 S4 Class Classes to Pupils move up Dependent on Pupils move Composition have from S1 classes subject up from S3 pupils combination classes from all races Promotion Pass in L1 Pass in L1 & Grade 6 in GCE O- Criteria & > or >50% overall EL & Level Pass in 2 based on equal 50% other Results: MOE’s overall subjects L1R5 > or Guidelines or; equal to 20 Grade 6 to qualify or better for JC in 5 admission subjects Assessment CA1, CA1, CA2, SE2 CA1, CA2, SE2 GCE O- Modes CA2, SE2 & Homework & Homework Level & Examination Homework Subject NA No. of subjects To continue Consistent combinations in S3: with S3 subject performance combinations in in all <65% overall - 7 S4: subjects (B3 subjects or better). 7 subjects >65% - 8 - L1R5 cannot be subjects(English, more than Maths, Science 21 points and Humanities 8 subjects above 60% for -L1R5 each subject) cannot be more than 17 >75% - 9 9 subjects subjects(English, - L1R5 Maths, Science cannot be and Humanities more than above 70% for 14 each subject) (To drop one subject if above conditions are not met.) PROMOTION CRITERIA BASED ON MOE’S GUIDELINES From S1 to S2, and S2 to S3 The criteria for promotion include a pass in English Language (and Higher Mother Tongue for Special Stream) and a pass percentage of 50% of the overall marks for all subjects at the end of the year. Pupils who do not meet the promotion criteria at the end of Sec 1 or 2 will be laterally transferred to a less academically demanding course (from Special to Express or Express to Normal Academic). As Victoria School does not have Normal Academic classes, such pupils will be transferred to schools that offer the Normal Academic course. From S3 to S4 To move on to S4, pupils must score a Grade 6 in English Language and 2 other subjects (one of which must be Higher Mother Tongue for Special Stream). If the above minimum criteria are not met, a grade 6 or better in 5 subjects has to be obtained for advancement to S4. If both sets of criteria are not met, lateral transfer to a less academically demanding course or retention will happen, depending on the age of the pupil. Admission to JC Top 5 JCs L1R5 : 6 to 8 Other JCs L1R5 : 6 to 20 L1R5 L1 = First Language (EL or HMT) R5 = 5 other relevant subjects 1st from Humanities Group 2nd from Maths & Science Group 3rd from Humanities, Maths & Science Group 4th and 5th any 2 others excluding CCA Bonus Points to JCs · Affiliation - VS pupils get 2 bonus points for entry to VJC provided VJC is First Choice. · CCA Score - Grade A1 & A2 (2 bonus points), Grade B or C (1 bonus point) · HMT Cases - Obtain A1 to C6 in both EL and HMT (2 bonus points) Maximum number of bonus points per pupil is capped at 4. Bonus points are used for ranking and not for eligibility to the Pre-U courses.