In an increasingly “flattened” world, Xaverians need to become globally competitive. A certain data literacy on the part of administrators and teachers is required to determine how they compare with those from other parts of the world. For this reason, Xavier School has been embarking on a benchmarking program that includes administering the Singapore International Primary School Leaving Exam (iPSLE) to our Grade 7 students, the Beijing Language Proficiency Exam to our G7 and H4 students, and the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) to our high school juniors, The results from these exams provide the directions towards further raising the Xavier education to international standards.
In an effort to determine more clearly how Xavier students compare globally, Xavier School has bee benchmarking with Singapore since 2007 using the iPSLE. The iPSLE is the international version of the Primary School Leaving Examination given to Singaporean students at the end of their Grade 6 to determine their placement in High School.
Xavier School administers the iPSLE to the Grade 8 (former G7) students at the beginning of the school year. The results have shown consistent improvement in the three subject areas of English, Math and Science.
The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) is Beijing’s standardized test to evaluate proficiency in Chinese of non-native speakers. THe HSK exam (basic level) was first administered to H1 and H4 students in 2007. In 2010, the New CHinese Proficiency Test (New HSK) was launched, comprised of six levels of competence. THe school has targeted four levels as benchmarks for Xavier students:
- Level 2 advanced stage of beginner level
- Level 3 basic communications for daily life
- Level 4 ability to communicate with native speakers
- Level 5 ability to read or watch the news and write and deliver a full speech
The exceptional results of the New HSK in SY 11-12 for both Grade 7 and High 4 prompted the department to upgrade the level of exam for SY 12-13 to better assess the students’ CHinese proficiency. From Level2, the Grade 8 students now take the level 3 exam, while the High 4 regular students move up to Level 4. THe level 5 exam is only taken by those who are interested or recommended by the teacher.
The Chinese department is now leveling up the program to enhance the students’ competence ant the higher levels, efforts that are executed to yield stronger results in the coming years.
The PSAT, which has been administered to 3rd year high school students since 1975, compares our students with their counterparts in the US and all over the world.
Xavier School has consistently scored well above he PSAT international mean in all areas – critical reading skills, math problem solving skills, and writing skills. Over the years, the gap between the Xavier mean and the international mean has widened, as shown below: