From OKS* to SBS**, new approach in secondary education transition system in Turkey


World Conference on Educational Sciences, Nicosia, CYPRUS, 4 - 07 February 2009, vol.1, pp.2696-2700 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 1
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2009.01.477
  • City: Nicosia
  • Country: CYPRUS
  • Page Numbers: pp.2696-2700
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Problem Statement: In Turkish education system, the transition system between the education levels is being organized based on various central exams for many years. One of these exams was the Student Selection and Placement Examination for Secondary Education Institutions also known as OKS, which was used for transition from primary schools to secondary education system. This exam held once in every year was based on placing the students to various secondary education institutions according to the ranking of their exam scores. However with a change made in 2007, this system has been replaced with Level Determination Examination known as SBS. According to this system, a single exam is not going to determine the direction of the transition of students to secondary education anymore. The main reason for this change made is being explained as implementing a process-focused assessment system by evaluating the performances of the students and by determining the level of their acquisitions rather than being a competition.