PEP Exam 2020 Primary Exit Profile Jamaica

Primary Exit Profile (PEP) 2020 Exam: The Ministry of Education, Youth & Information will be introducing the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), which will replace the Grade Six Achievement Test. PEP will assess students’ knowledge, in addition to, placing increased emphasis on assessing students’ demonstration of the 21st-century skills, for eg. critical thinking, communication.

Primary Exit Profile (PEP) Exam 2020

Primary Exit Profile 2020

  • PEP will provide a profile of where the student is academic, the student’s strengths and weaknesses, and their readiness for grade seven.
  • PEP will assess students’ knowledge in addition to placing increased emphasis on assessing students’ skills of communication, critical thinking, and creativity.
  • As the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information seek to have students staying in school longer (up to grade 13), the provisions of PEP is a forward-thinking approach that will make students better prepared for the workforce. Students will be exposed from an early age to critical thinking.
  • The endgame is that everyone will graduate with the equivalent of an associate degree at the end of grade 13. PEP’s assessment process will measure students’ performance through the demonstration of 21st-century skills aligned to the National Standard Curriculum and generate an academic profile of each student.

PEP Exam Date 2020

During a media briefing at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston on February 13, Minister with responsibility for Education, Hon. Karl Samuda, said the examinations, which are to be held over five days, get underway with the Abilities Test on Tuesday, February 25.

He advised that the examinations will conclude with the Curriculum-based tests for Language Arts and Science on Thursday, April 23, and Mathematics and Social Studies on Friday, April 24.

PEP Exam Schedule 2020

Advantages of PEP

  • – More accurate evidence-based information in terms of students’ performance will be available.
  • – Students’ completion of the curriculum and their progress will be monitored more regularly.
  • – More opportunities will be provided for teachers to identify students’ strengths and weaknesses and therefore plan lessons to meet the specific needs of students.
  • – Students will become aware of their progress and teachers will work with students to improve their learning.

What are the components of PEP?

  • PEP consists of three key components: a Performance Task (PT), an Ability Test (AT) and a Curriculum-Based Test (CBT).
  • The PEP is a new assessment for students at the primary level and will replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).
  • Addressing journalists at yesterday’s post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Reid said the PEP would provide a profile of the students’ strengths and weaknesses and their readiness for grade seven.

component of PEP Exam

  • Besides, he said PEP would assess students’ knowledge as well as placing increased emphasis on assessing students’ skills of communication, critical thinking, and creativity.
  • According to Reid, the education ministry is seeking to have students stay in school up to grade 13, and as such PEP’s forward-thinking approach would better prepare students for the workforce.
  • “The end game is that everyone will graduate with the equivalent of an associate degree at the end of grade 13. PEP’s assessment process will measure students’ performance through demonstration of 21st-century skills aligned to the National Standard Curriculum and generate an academic profile of each student,” Reid noted.
  • Students who are currently in grade five will be the first PEP cohort. They will do only the grade six components in 2020.
  • The current grade four students will do their grade five performance tasks in 2020 and 2020 they will do the grade six components.
  • Students who are currently in grade three will be the first cohort that will have a complete profile generated under PEP.

COMPONENTS OF PEP

PEP consists of three key components – a Performance Task (PT), an Ability Test (AT) and a Curriculum-Based Test (CBT).

  • – The PT consists of real-world scenarios that will require students to apply their knowledge and skills from the following subject areas: mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies. The PT will be administered in grades four, five and six. It will be administered within the student’s classroom by their teacher.
  • – The AT requires students to read analytically and use quantitative reasoning skills in responding to items. Ability tests generally assess students’ aptitude in areas of numeracy, verbal and non-verbal ability, and abstract thinking ability.
  • – The CBT will be curriculum-based and will assess grade six content only, in the areas of mathematics, science, social studies and language arts. This test will consist of multiple-choice items along with other item types. The CBT will be administered in April.

– Suggested weighting:

– Ability Test – 30 percent

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