DepEd sets conduct of 2013 NAT in March
The Department of Education has set the conduct of the 2012-2013 National Achievement Test (NAT) to March this year for selected levels of elementary and high school students in public and private schools nationwide.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said the NAT for fourth year students of public and private schools is set on March 6, 2013. For Grade 3 pupils of public and Madrasah schools, the date of exam is March 12. On March 13, it is the turn of Grade IV pupils of public and private schools to take the NAT.
NAT is administered annually by DepEd to gauge the academic performance in key subjects of elementary and secondary students in both public and private schools.
Luistro added that only private elementary and secondary schools with permit to operate from DepEd shall be included in the conduct of the test. Each examinee in Grade IV NAT shall be issued with a Certificate of Rating (COR) per subject area which will reflect the examinee’s readiness for secondary education.
Related to this, the National Education and Testing Research Center (NETRC) of DepEd will conduct the national conference on the standardized administration of the NAT, the Test of English Proficiency for Teachers (TEPT) and the Process Skills Test (PST).
“Our goal here is to update information and resolve issues and concerns in the conduct of tests,” said Luistro.
Up for discussion in the national conference are the proper conduct of tests, standard procedure in test administration, security of test materials, allocation, delivery and retrieval, information derived from the individual (COR), utilization, dissemination of findings and implication of test results as well as financial matters related to test administration.