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Study: Payoffs Are Small for Short-Term Career Certificates - Education Week

Longer-term certificates and associate degrees yield more of a wage boost than the short-term, occupational certificates that students earn at community colleges.

Harvard Launches Initiative to Prepare Seniors to Enter Teaching - Education Week

Harvard University plans to launch a fellowship program to prepare seniors at the college to become K-12 teachers, giving them more than a year of student-teaching, a lightened courseload, and follow-up supports once they've started to lead their own classrooms.

6th Call for Proposals on Cyber Wellness Projects

Ministry Of Education Feed - 11 November 2014

The Inter-Ministry Cyber Wellness Steering Committee (ICSC) has launched a sixth call for proposals on 11 November 2014, as part of ongoing efforts by the Singapore government to support cyber wellness education.

Organisations are invited to submit proposals that encourage and support the positive use of the Internet and mobile technologies among our youth including, but not limited to the following areas:

  • Parenting roles, responsibilities, knowledge and skills for cyber wellness education for children
  • Cyber security and protection against cyber crime
  • Information literacy, media literacy and responsible online creation
  • Striking a balance between online and offline activities
  • Positive online presence and advocacy for cyber wellness

More information on the sixth call for proposals is provided in Annex A. The closing date for the submission of proposals is 23 January 2015, 4:00 pm.

The ICSC has reached out to over 240,000 participants through more than 25 supported projects, since its first call for proposals in 2009. The supported projects cover various cyber wellness areas and are delivered through different platforms, such as exhibitions, drama productions, online resources for parents, and seminars for educators. More information on the ICSC and examples of supported projects are provided in Annex B.

Approach to Fractions Seen as Key Shift in Common Standards - Education Week

Education Week - Teachers - 10 November 2014
The common core's emphasis on fractions as points on a number line offers a window into the framework's divergence from past conventions.
Topic: Teachers

Under Common Core, Teachers Band Together to Build Math 'Coherence' - Education Week

Education Week - Teachers - 10 November 2014
The common standards for math put a heavy emphasis on coherent instruction, prompting efforts to familiarize teachers with standards for grade levels beyond their own.
Topic: Teachers

Common Core Redoes the Math - Education Week

Education Week - Teachers - 10 November 2014
Schools and teachers face complex challenges and competing demands as they work toward implementing the new math standards.
Topic: Teachers

Common-Core Math Standards Put New Focus on English-Learners - Education Week

Education Week - Teachers - 10 November 2014
With their heightened emphasis on language and explication, the new math standards pose unique challenges for students who are not fully proficient in English.
Topic: Teachers

Math-Exam Performance Tasks Ratchet Up Expectations, Anxiety - Education Week

The state consortia charged with developing common-core-aligned assessments take steps to address concerns about potential bias and difficulty level in the performance-based questions.

Approach to Fractions Seen as Key Shift in Common Standards - Education Week

The common core's emphasis on fractions as points on a number line offers a window into the framework's divergence from past conventions.

Math-Exam Performance Tasks Ratchet Up Expectations, Anxiety - Education Week

The state consortia charged with developing common-core-aligned assessments take steps to address concerns about potential bias and difficulty level in the performance-based questions.

Under Common Core, Teachers Band Together to Build Math 'Coherence' - Education Week

The common standards for math put a heavy emphasis on coherent instruction, prompting efforts to familiarize teachers with standards for grade levels beyond their own.

Common Core Redoes the Math - Education Week

Schools and teachers face complex challenges and competing demands as they work toward implementing the new math standards.

Q&A: Behind the Math Standards - Education Week

William G. McCallum, a lead writer of the common-core math standards, discusses the aims, effects, and criticism of the framework.

Common-Core Math Standards Put New Focus on English-Learners - Education Week

With their heightened emphasis on language and explication, the new math standards pose unique challenges for students who are not fully proficient in English.

In Transition to Common Core, Some High Schools Turn to 'Integrated' Math - Education Week

Long a staple of the high school curriculum, the mathematics-course sequence of Algebra 1, geometry, and Algebra 2 is facing a budding challenge as schools transition to the Common Core State Standards.

10-Year Trend of Educational Performance 2004 - 2013

Ministry Of Education Feed - 10 November 2014

The Ministry of Education releases data annually on the 10-year trend of the performance of our students. The objective is to provide feedback to the community on how our children have fared over the last 10 years.

Year-to-year fluctuations are to be expected as each batch of students is different, so it is more meaningful to focus on longer-term trends over 10 years.

Summary: Overall 10-year Trend of Educational Performance (2004 - 2013) Percentage of Primary 1 Cohort Admitted to Post-Secondary Education Institutions

The percentage of each Primary 1 Cohort admitted to post-secondary education institutions has improved steadily over the last 10 years, from 90% in 2004 to 95% in 2013.

Performance in National Examinations

At the GCE ‘A’ Level, the overall percentage of students with at least 3 ‘A’/’H2’ passes and a pass in General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry has improved over the last 10 years, from 89% in 2004 to 91% in 2013. The percentage of GCE ‘A’ Level students who passed General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry has remained high, at above 90%.

The overall percentage of students with at least three GCE ‘O’ Level passes and at least five ‘O’ Level passes has remained stable over the last 10 years. The percentage of GCE ‘O’ Level students who passed English Language has increased over the last 10 years, from 85% in 2004 to 89% in 2013.

PSLE results have remained stable over the last 10 years, both in terms of overall percentage of passes and the percentage of PSLE students who scored A*-C in each subject.

Detailed Description of Charts

The following performance charts for the last 10 years (2004 - 2013) are attached:

  • A chart on the percentage of each Primary 1 Cohort admitted to post-secondary education institutions 1.

  • Three sets of charts showing the performance of the major ethnic groups in the GCE ‘A’ and ‘O’ Level Examinations and the PSLE 2.

Percentage of Primary 1 Cohort Admitted To Post-Secondary Institutions (Chart A)

The percentage of a Primary 1 Cohort admitted to post-secondary education institutions 3, including private education institutions, has remained high, at above 90%. See Chart A.

Performance in GCE ‘A’ Level (Charts B1 - B3) Performance by Overall Measure

The percentage of GCE ‘A’ level students who obtained at least 3 ‘A’/’H2’ passes and passed General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry exceeded 90% in 2013. See Chart B1.

Performance by Subject

The overall pass rates in General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry and Mother Tongue Language has remained high, at above 90%. See Charts B2 and B3.

Performance in GCE ‘O’ Level (Charts C1 - C5) Performance by Overall Measure

The percentage of GCE ‘O’ Level students with at least 3 ‘O’ Level passes has remained high, at around 95%, while the percentage with at least 5 ‘O’ Level passes has remained above 80%. See Charts C1 and C2.

Performance by Subject
  1. The overall pass rates for English Language, Mother Tongue Language and Mathematics have remained high and are comparable with the previous years (above 85%, 95% and 85% respectively). See Charts C3 - C5. The percentage of GCE ‘O’ Level students who passed English Language has increased over the last 10 years (from 85% in 2004 to 89% in 2013).
Performance in PSLE (Charts D1 - D5) Performance by Overall Measure

PSLE candidates continued to perform well, with an overall percentage pass rate of above 95%. See Chart D1.

Performance by Subject

The overall percentage of PSLE students who scored A-C in English Language and Mother Tongue Language has remained high, at above 95%, while the percentage who scored A-C in Mathematics and Science has remained above 80% and 90% respectively. See Charts D2 - D5.

Footnote
  1. The percentages are based on students who were enrolled in Primary 1 10 years ago.
  2. The percentages are based on school candidates who sat for the respective examinations.
  3. Junior colleges, Centralised Institute, Polytechnics, ITE, LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and other private education institutions.

Speech by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin at the Presentation Ceremony of Arif Budiman Malay Language Teacher Award 2014

Ministry Of Education Feed - 08 November 2014
Pengenalan

Saya gembira kerana dapat bersama-sama anda dalam majlis penyampaian Anugerah Guru Arif Budiman Dua Ribu Empat Belas (2014) pada hari ini.

Kita akan meraikan kejayaan enam orang guru Bahasa Melayu yang cemerlang. Mereka cemerlang kerana telah berkhidmat dengan penuh dedikasi. Mereka juga telah berjuang untuk bahasa dan budaya Melayu dan menyumbang dengan aktif kepada rakanrakan guru dan masyarakat.

Pentingnya Golongan Guru

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan, kita tahu, tidak mudah untuk menjadi seorang guru. Selain mengajar subjek-subjek di sekolah, guru juga melakukan pelbagai tugas dan peranan sampingan seperti pentadbir, pembimbing, jurulatih, kaunselor, ibu bapa, kakak atau abang kepada pelajar mereka. Merekalah suri teladan.

Walaupun kita ada google atau yahoo untuk mencari maklumat yang kita perlukan, kita memerlukan guru untuk membimbing pelajar-pelajar kita cara yang sebaiknya untuk menggunakan maklumat-maklumat tersebut. Oleh sebab itulah guru memainkan peranan yang amat penting dalam membentuk generasi masa depan warga Singapura.

Guru Daripada Generasi Perintis

Bahkan, ramai ikon masyarakat kita merupakan guru-guru yang aktif menyumbang kepada masyarakat. Contohnya Cikgu Arif Ahmad, Cikgu Suratman Markasan, Cikgu Latiff Mohamad, Cikgu Sidek Saniff, Cikgu Yatiman Yusoff dan banyak lagi generasi perintis yang merupakan guru dan menyumbang kepada pembangunan negara kita.

Sumbangan Pemenang Agab

Kita harus terus menggalakkan guru-guru kita agar menyumbang kepada pembangunan negara. Sejauh ini, tiga puluh (30) orang guru telah menerima Anugerah Guru Arif Budiman sejak anugerah mula diberikan. Mereka telah menyumbang kepakaran mereka dalam pelbagai platfom seperti bengkel, seminar, sesi perkongsian dan sebagainya. Syabas saya ucapkan dan teruskan usaha yang baik ini!

Please allow me to continue the rest of my speech in English.

The Arif Budiman Teacher

It is my pleasure to be here this afternoon to honour our Malay Language teachers for their outstanding contribution in the teaching and learning of Malay Language. We also acknowledge the spirit of AGAB recipients who contributed further to the teaching fraternity such as participating or presenting in regional and international conferences and sharing best practices in professional sharing sessions.

Arif Budiman teacher award recipients 2014

In a speech “Singapore in Transition - The Next Phase” delivered recently at an NUS Society lecture, PM Lee touched on three themes for Singapore as we stand at an ‘inflexion point’. One of the themes he mentioned was that Singaporeans “must never be hard-hearted, but must never shy away from being hard-headed”.

Teachers role-model this quality to students on a daily basis. You make difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions from the student’s point of view. But you do it with a softness of the heart towards your students, assuring them that you care, and pushing them to expect greater things from themselves.

Our AGAB recipients this year exemplify this ability. They are firm when it comes to learning and values but gentle when they need to nurture the hearts of our students. I would like to congratulate our six recipients of this year’s AGAB. They are:

  • Mdm Azizah Shaik Abdul Kadir from Chongzheng Primary School;
  • Mdm Zaleha Ahmad from Park View Primary School;
  • Mdm Nuraina Mohamed Sin from Fuhua Primary School;
  • Ms Nurbaya Ismail from Townsville Primary School;
  • Mdm Yahida Yahya from Yusof Ishak Secondary School; and
  • Mr Ridzuan Abrahim from Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School.

They are very good examples of educators who are Arif and Budiman - a learned person who contributes to the society. My heartiest congratulations to our six recipients of the Arif Budiman Teachers awards this year. I hope you will continue with your good work, and continue to be an inspiration to other Malay Language teachers and students.

Conclusion

In closing, I would like to congratulate the Malay Language Council Singapore, Malay Language Teachers’ Association, Berita Harian and the Malay Language Learning and Promotion Committee for organising this Award Ceremony.

Thank you.

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