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Questions(Section A):

1) In your own understanding what do you think School Based Assessment (SBA) is?
A: SBA is a good instrument to assess students level according to the given scales as it starts
from elementary to intermediate and advanced stage. As students in a class have different
proficiency in carrying the tasks provided, then the maximum band that they can achieve will
be judged based on the worksheets given. Very few may reach advance level as it requires
higher thinking skills. Teachers are also encouraged to guide students to reach the highest
band that they can. Otherwise, they will be given the band that they can perform best only.
2) What types of School Based Assessment system has been implemented? On which subject it
has been implemented?
A: A few years back, the introduction of SBA brought a lot of confusion among teachers
when the admin wanted everything to be updated online before the deadline. All subjects are
involved with its own band / level structured out.
Under the present new KSSM, a similar set of scoring scales are set up and teachers are
supposed to assess their students as shown in courses given. Reports are then written and kept
in files as prove. This new KSSM will start with form 1 next year officially, nationwide.
3) What are the problems faced by the teachers in the execution of this system?
A: Main problem was the process of keying-in students marks online where many has to stay
up late at night to get a smooth flow of the internet line. But when this has gone on for years
and with complaints pouring into the MOE, finally the keying-in was done offlinebut
school admin has to ensure that marks are updated just in case any students need their marks
printouts when they transfer school.
4) What are the steps taken by the school administration to help the teachers carry out SBA?
A : A special room has been set up so that all the files for all subjects involved are put in
order according to forms. This will make it easy for class teacher to retrieve marks if a
student is transferring to another school. Each student will have at least 8 files (bm, eng,
maths, science, pendidikan islam or pendidikan moral for non-muslim, geografi, sejarah,
kemahiran hidup) and all these files will be carried forward to the next year. Eg. Form 1 to
form 2, form 2 to form 3. At the end of their form 3. After their PT3 exam, all their scores for
each subject will be processed and printed out and given to students to keep and these will be
their official proficiency results, besides their written marks in PT3.

5) What are the measures taken by the school administration in order to improve the system?
A : At the beginning of the SBA years, the teachers had diificulties to log in when they
wanted to key in the marks of each student, so the ICT teacher did call and submit complaints
to YTL (provider of the YES for 1bestarinet to schools) about the slow internet speed but in
the end the problem still arises. It happened in most schools around Msia and as a last resort,
the MOE instructed marks for SBA to be key-in offline, which was a great relieve for all
teachers involved as they do not have to stay up late at night to finish their official job.
6) How parents are responding to this system? Are they well aware of the SBA?
A : Parents are briefed on the system and they are aware of it but being a rural school, most
parents do not participate much in their childrens well-being in school. To them, the bands
are just another set of grading. They do not feel the importance of the bands achieved to
secure a job in future. (SMK Simpang pulai is graded as a rural school @ luar bandar
although it is situated near Ipoh town)
But parents in well-known schools reacted differently to SBA as they are curious and wanted
to know in depth about isas they know it will have effect on the childrens future.
7) Is the SBA system the same as it was when the first time it was implemented?
A : the present SBA system under KSSM is a bit different but it still has the graded levels for
all skills in eng (listening speaking writing reading)
8) Are the teaching materials prepared for the students have been fixed by the ministry or do the
teachers come up with their own teaching materials according to their lesson plan?
A : Usually teachers will do their own aids. Also there are many websites or blogs that share
teaching aids all over msia.
9) Are there any changes made throughout the implementation? If so, what kind of changes
have been made?
A : Changes made are the present KSSM modules (which I still have not finish studying but it
will start with Form 1 next year)
10) What was the effect of these changes, better or worse?

Under KSSM, it is the MOEs hope that things will get better and improve. Hope for
students proficiency in eng to improve is on KSSM. A good plan is not a good IF the teacher
does not carry it out, anyway.
11) Why did you have to remove or add these elements?
A: Revamp of SBA under KSSM is under MOEs jurisdiction and the CDC (Curriculum
Development Center @ Pusat perkembangan kurikulum)

Questions(Section B):
1)

In your own understanding, what is Dokumen Standard Prestasi Pentaksiran?


A : Dokumen Standard Prestasi is a guideline to assess students and get info about what they
know and at which level they can achieve the maximum.

2)

In your own understanding, what is implemented under the Panduan Perkembangan


Pembelajaran Murid?

Aims for eng in PPPM (primary school) :


The English Language Curriculum for Primary Schools aims to equip pupils with
basic language skills to enable them to communicate effectively in a variety of
contexts thats appropriate to the pupils level of development.
Objectives for eng in PPPM :
By the end of Year 6, pupils should be able to:
i. communicate with peers and adults confidently and appropriately
informal and informal situations;
ii. read and comprehend a range of English texts for information and
enjoyment;
iii. write a range of texts using appropriate language, style and form
through a variety of media;
iv. appreciate and demonstrate understanding of English language
literary or creative works for enjoyment; and
v. use correct and appropriate rules of grammar in speech and writing.
In PPPM, 6 band is used to assess students in 4 skills. Each skill has a different
descriptors and teachers use these as guide when assessing students for record.

3)

What are the differences between these two documents?


In DSP, each subject is recorded and printed separately for each student.
In PPPM, grading for all subjects are combined in one recorded printout.

4)

Which one do you prefer DSP or PPPM? Why?


Both are more or less the same and have to be carried out. So there is not said preferences as
each of them have their own pros and cons.

5)

What form of SBA do you carry out during your lessons? (E.g. Quizzes, PowerPoint, debate,
activities etc).
A: Depends on students proficiency but overall students like activities as long as they
understand how to do it. So the SBA activity must be according to their understanding. Eg.
for weak students, simple instructions will be given.

6)

What are the different teaching approaches implemented in your language classrooms?
Some may require pair work or group work or individual work.

7)

What kind of teaching aids do you use during your lessons?


Depends on worksheets given. Some only require the poster sheet.

8)

How do the students respond to these teaching methods?


The eager ones will complete their work / activities provided they understood the instructions
given .

9)

How do you evaluate the students?


Using the guidelines given in PPPM.

10)

Can you provide us a sample of your evaluation paper?


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11)

Do you evaluate for each skills? Do you have test specifications?


All exercises / questions will evaluate all skills combined.
Test spec..yes..given by PPD / JPN

12)

Based on what did you make these test specifications?


If the test spec is constructed by internal teachers, then the scope will be according to the
chapters that they have covered.