Malta – End-of-Year benchmark exams taken at Year 6 to be replaced by informal exams

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The end-of-year benchmark exams taken by Year 6 students around Malta will be discontinued and replaced by an assessment that could include an exam component.

The recommendation is one of 25 unveiled this afternoon by the Education Ministry. The recommendations were drawn up by the Benchmark Review Board set up in 2017 with the aim of strengthening the way students are assessed at the end of their primary school years.

The current format will be phased out by 2021.

Set up in 2017, the Benchmark Review Board came up with the aforementioned recommendation following a review of the national end of primary assessment.

Other recommendations included the potential of students being given different leveled papers depending on their abilities, and increasing the use of digital technology.

Essentially, not much is going to change because students are already being assessed in different ways.

Via MaltaToday / Newsbook / Malta Independent / One News

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