Discontinuing the conduct of all scheduled Regional Achievement Tests (RAT) and Division Achievement Tests (DAT) is in line with the transition phase in the implementation of the K-to-12 Basic Education Curriculum, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said in a national news.
Starting March this year, NAT will be taken by fourth year high students both in public and private schools, instead of second year high school students before.
Aside from fourth year students, NAT will also be taken by Grade 3 pupils of public schools, Madrasah schools and pilot schools of mother tongue-based multi-lingual education.
The conduct of any other school assessments must be properly coordinated with the Office of the Secretary through the Undersecretary for Programs and Projects.
In DepEd Memorandum No. 266 series of 2011 said that superintendents and heads of public and private elementary and secondary schools should be oriented in the “proper conduct of the test, security of test materials, delivery and retrieval schemes, as well as allocation of test materials.”
“To ensure the smooth conduct of NAT and avoid alleged cases of cheating, local education stakeholders such as local government units, civic groups and non-government organizations will be part of the NAT monitoring group,” Luistro said.
source: Manila Bulletin.com.ph, January 23, 2012