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Above-target NAT results beat expectations

Pasig City (3 September) -- The National Achievement Test (NAT) conducted in March 2007 by the Department of Education (DepEd) among some 1.6 million grade six students showed a marked over-all improved performance in all subject areas, registering a 5.28 percent increase in mean percentage score (MPS) which is well above target.

"Based on the MPS of 59.94 percent from the 2007 NAT, it was more than what we expected from the target of two percent earlier set by our Bureau of Elementary Education, "Education Secretary Jesli A. Lapus disclosed. The MPS in the 2006 NAT was 54.66 percent or an increment of 5.28 percentage points.

Equally notable in the 2007 NAT result was the bigger percentage of schools which were moving towards mastery from 22 percent in 2006 to 35 percent in 2007. Related to this, the number of schools which showed low mastery was reduced from eight percent to four percent. The results, according to DepEd, indicate that more schools have shown a much improved subject area mastery.

"This year's NAT results have proved that our efforts to upgrade public education focused on the performance of public school students are coming to fruition," Lapus added.

NAT is conducted annually to determine what grade six students from the public schools know, understand and can do. It covered Mathematics, English, Science, Filipino, and HEKASI.

Lapus attributed the impressive performance of public school students in the NAT to the educational reforms the department is currently undertaking.

Among this is Every-Child-A-Reader Program (ECARP) that focuses on making a grade three pupil read with comprehension. "If a child understands what he is reading then learning comes easy," Lapus pointed out.

Also, the School-Based Management put particular attention on school needs as stipulated in the School Improvement Plan. These interventions in SIP, along with other stakeholders, helped improve student performance.

Meanwhile, the Needs-Based In-Service Training provided training to teachers coming from schools which registered in the low mastery level as revealed by the 2006 NAT results. Based on their needs, these teachers went into in-service trainings together with their school heads.

"I believe our teachers and school administrators deserve a pat on the back for a job well done," Lapus said. (DepEd) [top]

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