National Achievement Test

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Background of National Achievement Test The National College Entrance Exam (NCEE) was abolished in 1994. The Republic Act No. 7731, or "An Act Abolishing the National College Entrance Examination, Repealing for the Purpose Presidential Decree No. 146", was approved last June 2, 1994. It was abolished through the Executive Order no. 632 by Raul Roco, the Education secretary. NCEE was replaced by National Elementary Achievement Test (NEAT) and National Secondary Achievement Test (NSAT). National Elementray Achivement Test (NEAT) for the grade school level and the National Secondary Achievement Test (NSAT) for the high school level. When the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) was officially converted into the Department of Education…show more content…
As stated by De Dios (2013), the National Achievement Test was administered by the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Philippines, it is a set of standardized tests addressing the major subjects taught in school.
Features of National Achievement Test National Achievement Test have many characteristics. Some of its features are: it is a multiple ‐choice test. The test is mostly moderately difficult items and it is anchored on Bloom’s Taxonomy of Cognitive/Dimensions. It also improves the HOTS or the High – Ordered Thinking Skills of the students taking it. And lastly, the performance of an examinee is contrasted to the performance of a national population and the rating is expressed in percentage score or the percent of the correct responses.
Negative Side effects of National Achievement
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But there are some students who doesn’t take the National Achievement Test seriously. But what will be the effects of having low scores on National Achievement test? As stated by Ordinario (2013), a Rappler journalist, he wrote in his journal that having a low score on a NAT test makes the Kto12 program worse. It is because according to the president of the One Small Step Forward Foundation, Inc. which is none-other-than, President Jaime Del Rosario. He had noted two trends, the first one is the lower NAT scores of high school students compared to the elementary students and the sentiments of teachers about their lack of skills to handle the subject requires in the additional two years of schooling. It is because Kto12 program is a 12 years of basic education. 6 years in elementary, 4 years in junior high school plus 2 years in senior high school. President Del Rosario said that if they are going to add more 2 years in high school with the low scores of the NAT test, then the teachers that we have here doesn’t have any experience in teaching the basic subjects. And in that conclusion, the Kto12 program is just a big mistake and a waste of money. The president of the foundation added that there are some school principals and high school master teachers’ being interviewed saying that they still don’t know what they are going to do, and what they are going to teach because they are not

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