Grade 3 pupils nationwide take achievement test

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

GRADE 3 pupils in all public schools nationwide took the National Achievement Test (NAT) last Friday.

In Central Visayas, Department of Education (DepEd) 7 Director Recaredo Borgonia Sr. said the test went smoothly.

He said the region aims to improve its NAT rating this year. Last year, the region got a mean percentage score (MPS) of 68.05.


DepEd Cebu City Division Superintendent Rhea Mar Angtud said they are aiming to increase the division’s MPS by two percent. Last year, Cebu City got an MPS of 53.68.

Grade 6 pupils and fourth year high school students in all private and public schools will take the exam on March 8 and March 9.


DepEd administers NAT to pupils in Grade 3 and 6 and second year high school students every year to gauge their academic performance in key subjects.

This year, DepEd will administer the test to fourth year high school students, instead of second year high school students, to measure the knowledge students gained from the 10-year basic education cycle.

DepEd earlier announced that regional achievement tests will no longer be conducted starting next school year.

DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said NAT will be the only assessment tool to measure the performance of students and schools effective this June.


DepEd is working to achieve the Education for All (EFA) targets, which include attaining this school year a NAT mean percentage score of 75 for the elementary level and 53 for the secondary level.

The EFA targets are part of a global commitment to provide quality basic education for all children, youth and adults.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 04, 2012.

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