End of Primary Benchmark results out, changes in assessment next year
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The Year 6 end of Primary Benchmark has been completed, with the results sent out, schools participating in this session included 62 State Schools, 20 Church Schools and 4 Independent Schools.
Year 6 candidates were assessed in Maltese, English and Mathematics. 3484 children sat for the assessments – 1786 boys (51.3%) and 1698 girls(48.7%).
For Maltese, the candidates were assessed in Speaking (20 marks), Listening Comprehension (20 marks), Reading Comprehension (30 marks) and Writing (30 marks).
The Education Ministry said that the national medians resulted as follows: 17 for the Speaking component, 13 for the Listening Comprehension component, 21 for the Reading Comprehension component and 18 for the Writing component. The national median for Maltese was 69.
Students in English were assessed in the same components as in Maltese and the national medians were as follows: 17 for the Speaking component, 16 for the Listening Comprehension component, 20 for the Reading Comprehension component and 17 for the Writing component. The national median for English was 70.
The Ministry said that mathematics had two components: the Mental component (20 marks) and the Written component (80 marks). The national median for the Mental component was 16, whilst that for the Written component was 58, with the national median for Mathematics being 75.
50% of the candidates who sat for the end of Primary Benchmark 2018 scored 69 marks or more in Maltese, 70 marks or more in English and 75 marks or more in Mathematics, the Ministry said.
Each Benchmark script was blind marked by two markers. A total of 110 markers were involved in this exercise: 45 for Maltese, 38 for English and 27 for Mathematics.
The results were sent to schools in the first week of July and they were sent to all the candidates on the 6th of July.
The results included the marks that the candidate scored in the different components of the three Benchmark subjects as well as the national medians for each component and for each subject.
The Ministry explained that this enabled parents to compare their child’s performance in each subject with the national median.
The end of Primary Benchmark 2018 papers and marking schemes can be downloaded from here under the section Benchmark – Year 6.
During the next scholastic year, changes in assessment in the Primary and Middle Schools will be implemented, the Ministry said.
The half-yearly examinations will be replaced by continuous assessment which will be carried out throughout the year, in class.
This will be an opportunity for students to demonstrate the skills acquired throughout the year. Annual examinations will still be held as usual in all years.