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More Filipino students read and understand better

Quezon City (14 September) -- More Filipino grade three students have shown significant improvement in their reading and comprehension abilities, posting an aggregate 22.4 percent increase in their mean percentage score in both Filipino and English, the Department of Education (DepEd) revealed.

According to DepEd Secretary Jesli A. Lapus over 1.8 million pupils from public schools throughout the country took part in the March 2007 Reading Comprehension Test for English and Filipino.

"We are pleased with the test results which was intended to assess the silent reading ability of elementary school learners as well as determine the reading performance of schools over time," Lapus added.

Findings from this year's test showed an impressive increase in both the English and Filipino components of the examination. In the English part, a 19.6 percent increase brought 2006's mean percentage score (MPS) of 49.98 to 59.56 in 2007.

Meanwhile, in Filipino reading comprehensive test, an even bigger increase of 25.75 percent was recorded, from an MPS of 49.21 percent in 2006 to 60.23 percent in 2007. With the rise in both sections, the combined 2007 MPS at 60.23 was 22.40 percent higher than 49.21 percent recorded in 2006.

Equally significant was the rise in the number of schools and students who reached the Mastery, Closely Approximating Mastery and Moving Towards Mastery Levels. Relative to this, there was a marked decrease in those classified under the Low Mastery, Very Low Mastery and Absolutely No Mastery Levels.

"The inversely proportional rise and fall of the percentage of schools and students achieving higher and lower levels of mastery confirmed that there is improvement in the ability of our learners to comprehend what they read," Lapus pointed out.

The test also revealed the improved performance of pupils from urban schools in this year's test as compared with their rural counterparts. Students from metropolitan areas attained higher percentage increase from their previous MPS than those from the provinces.

Meanwhile, schools belonging to Third Elementary Education Project (TEEP) Divisions also fared better than Non-TEEP Divisions.

"This year's results tell us to work even harder even as we continue with our initiatives to improve the quality of education for our children," Lapus explained. (PIA) [top]

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