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New TSA easier in Primary 3 2018.05.10
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THE Territory-wide System Assessment resumed in May with Primary Three students from all public schools taking oral assessments for both languages, as well as the audiovisual assessments for the Chinese language.
This year’s TSA will only take 10 percent of samples from schools, and will not name students or schools. But schools can choose to let all their Primary Three students take the assessment, and 230 schools did so. Other schools opted for one-tenth participation.
In the Chinese oral exam, students were asked to create a story from pictures, while some students were asked to engage in a group discussion. In the Englishspeaking assessment, some pupils were asked to read a paragraph of text aloud before answering questions. Some were asked questions based on pictures. Questions were related to daily experiences like having dinner.
Ricky Leung Wai-kay (梁偉基), principal of GCCITKD Cheong Wong Wai Primary School (東莞工商總會張煌偉小學), said his school chose the sampling approach.
Leung said the students did not find the questions difficult. Also, the school did not need to resort to the drilling culture that has caused controversy.
Since fewer students are taking part, the assessment finished earlier than last year, causing less impact on school operation.
The written assessments for both languages and mathematics will take place on 12 and 13 June.

(This article is published on Junior Standard on 10 May 2018)

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