National Achievement Test set in March‏ — DepEd
February 22, 2010 10:24 pm
MANILA, Feb. 22 – The Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Monday that it is set to administer the National Achievement Test (NAT) for Grade Three, Grade Six and Second Year high school students in March 2010.
DepEd said the NAT for Grade Six and Second Year shall be administered in both public and private schools nationwide.
On the other hand, the test for Grade Three shall be given to public schools only.
The annual NAT is used to determine what the students know, understand and can do at their level.
The NAT for Grade Three includes Grammar and Reading Comprehension in English and Filipino, Science and Mathematics.
The test for Grade Six focuses on five basic subjects, namely, Mathematics, English, Science, Filipino and HEKASI.
On the other hand, the NAT for Second Year High School includes Mathematics, English, Science, Filipino and Araling Panlipunan.
Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said, “By measuring our students’ strengths, weaknesses and achievement levels, we can derive ways on how the present education system can be further improved.”
DepEd, through the National Education Testing and Research Center (NETRC), will conduct the NAT for Grade Three on March 3, 2010.
For Grade Six, it will be given on March 5, followed by the NAT for Second Year on March 11.
Meanwhile, the department is satisfied on how the results of the NAT have improved.
“From 2006-2009, the percentage increase of 21.36 percent was achieved. This only indicates a steady improvement in primary education in the country’s public school system,” Lapus noted.
In the 2009 NAT, the Mean Percentage Score (MPS) showed a mark improvement of 11.67 percent to 66.33 percent from 54.66 percent in 2006.
The NAT results guide decision makers in formulating policies relative to progression and promotion of students, especially in the public school system.
These will also determine the deficiencies of students which need further intervention.
“NAT is not just a part of DepEd’s report card and the whole education system. Results of this indicator will help us formulate appropriate interventions aimed at improving the education system. We have to keep the commitment and hard work we put to education,” Lapus said. (PNA) scs/HCT/utb