The Correlation of Ncae Examinations and the Academic Performance of the Students (Chapter 1)

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The principle of humanism and egalitarianism has been the anchor of Philippine education. Over the decades, Filipinos considered education as the key to success, or roughly translated, the key to a stable job and eventually to the elevation of their social status. The latter ensures that neither poverty nor difference in political creed and culture shall pose obstacles to the fulfillment of this basic need. The whole facet of the learning process shall ensure the provision of good quality and relevant education. Such quality education shall be an instrument in the pursuit of the common good, peace and unity, environmental security and sustain growth and development.

The ultimate aim of education is to develop in the learner the desirable knowledge and skills, values and attitudes. In that way, he can effectively use to alleviate poverty and improve the quality not only of his life, but also to his family, the community and the larger society.

In Philippine educational institutions, success is measured by the student’s academic performance or how well a student meets standards set

by the local government and the institution itself.[1] As career competitions grow even fiercer, the importance of students – specifically graduating students – doing well in their studies has caught the attention of parents, legislators and educational departments.[2]

A good academic performance, however, is not the only determinant of triumph in the working world. Non-academic factors also matter. The aptitude, inclination and skills of the student should be taken into consideration, especially when they apply for college and choose their career paths. In knowing this, the country’s local government officials came up with the National Career Assessment Examination or NCAE. According to the former Department of Education Secretary, Mr. Jesli A. Lapus, the NCAE mainly seeks to guide graduating students on what career path is fitted for them.[3] It is also aimed at determining the best-suited college courses for the examinees after graduation from high school. When the NCAE was first introduced and took over the National Career Entrance Examination (NCEE) in 2006, it was mandatory for all graduating students of public high schools to take it but not for private schools. Now, even private schools are required to take the examination. It has been three years since the NCAE was implemented but the answer on what is the relevancy of the NCAE to the academic performance of the graduating students still remains unsatisfactory to the researchers. In view of the foregoing, the researchers conducted an assessment on the significant correlation between the NCAE results and the academic achievement of the Fourth Year Secondary Science Curriculum students of Saint Ferdinand College, School Year 2009 – 2010. STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

This study sought to find out if there was any relationship between the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) results and the academic performance of the Fourth Year Secondary Science Curriculum (SSC) students of Saint Ferdinand College for the School Year 2009 – 2010.

More specifically, this looked for the answer to the following sub-problems: 1. What is the performance level of the students in the following areas of the NCAE? • Mathematical Ability (NCAE Math)

• Scientific Ability (NCAE Science)
• Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability (NCAE Reading and Verbal) 2. What is the performance of the students in the following subject areas? • Mathematics (AP Math)
• Science and Technology (AP Science)
• English (AP English)

3. Is there a significant difference between the levels of performance of the students in the following paired facts? • NCAE Math and AP Math
• NCAE Science and AP Science
• NCAE Reading & Verbal and AP English
This study was based on the...
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