Factors Affecting the Low Performance in National Achievement Test of Grade 3 Pupils

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The Department of Education aims to lead young Filipinos in the discovery of their own potential through the academe provided for every Filipino enabling them to create their own destiny to the global community. To achieve this vision, DepEd reaches out responsive efforts for the students’ educational and worthwhile needs. One way is to determine the students’ capacity of learning. There comes, National Achievement Test.  

The National Achievement Test (NAT) is administered by the Department of Education though the National Educational Testing and Research Center (NETRC) which heads on research and assessment of the education provided for our youth, specifically in the Basic Education.  

National Achievement Test in a nutshell
The examination is designed to determine the students’ academic strengths and weaknesses though the five key-major subjects: Mathematics, Science, English, Filipino, HeKaSi (Heograpiya, Kasaysayan at Sibika) in elementary and Araling Panlipunan in high school. Ratings obtained from NAT for Grade VI and Fourth Year serves also as a tool to measure the school’s competency and effectiveness as well as the students’ aptitude and mastery towards the basic learning areas.  

The nationwide exam is taken every near-end of the school year basically every first week March.  
What’s New about NAT?
 The National Achievement Test were originally designed and administered for Grade Six and Fourth Year Students. However, due to the changes indicated in the enclosure of DepEd Order No. 28, s. 2011 and DepEd Memorandum No. 266, s. 2011, instead of the sophomores, our seniors shall take the National Achievement Test in absence of the National Career Assessment Exam which will be administered now for the juniors.  What’s with the National Achievement Test

To give you a hint, here are the parts of the NSAT last 2011: PARTS OF THE TEST
| No. of Items| Time Limit (‘)|
Examinee’s Descriptive Questionnaire (EDQ)| 15| 5|
Filipino| 60| 60|...
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