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Assessment Literacy

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Assessment Literacy
Although our school has completed a 3-year Assessment Literacy journey with MOE Curriculum
Planning Office (CPO) in 2018, we continue to place emphasis on a whole school approach in
developing staff competencies in assessment literacy. With recent changes in assessment policies
nationally, our school aims to equip our teachers with sufficient knowledge and skills in the areas of
formative and summative assessment. The Assessment Literacy Team comprising members from the
SPD Committee has been ably helping teachers develop assessment competencies and implement
assessment principles in the classrooms. All teachers also attend AST assessment literacy modules
as well as have professional discussions on assessment related matters in their respective
instructional programme (IP) departments.
Whole School Approach to Effective Communication (WSA-EC)
Our school has been on the Whole School Approach to Effective Communication (WSA-EC) journey
with the support of the English Language Institute of Singapore (ELIS) since 2017. Trained teachers
are able to more effectively guide and support students to effectively communicate subject content
knowledge and clearly articulate their perspectives, reasoning and conclusions. The PD focus is on
language and literacy in subject classrooms, opening up talk for learning, and integrating talk with
writing. The WSA-EC Committee comprising EC Champions from various IP departments drives the
project through participation in ELIS training workshops, sharing of strategies at PD day, and
organising school-based customised programmes and activities to meet teachers’ and students’
needs in EL and all English-medium subjects.
Thinking Routines
Our school has adopted Making Thinking Visible as a key pedagogy for some years and all teachers
are familiar with at least a few thinking routines. The use of thinking routines is in alignment with
formative assessment as the information gleaned from making students’ thinking visible is used by
teachers to bridge the learning gaps of the students. Teachers also learn from their fellow teachers
how they use thinking routines in their classrooms through peer lesson observations.
ICT
With the rollout of the Student Learning Space (SLS), teachers are trained to make use of this
platform to engage students in learning using technology. In addition to online learning for teachers,
the ICT team conducted a sharing on quality lesson design using SLS and ICT champions shared
their ICT-infused lessons which they have tried out in the classrooms. Through the active learning
process, teachers have learnt how to activate learning, promote thinking and discussion, monitor and
provide feedback to their students with the use of technology.
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