Last January 30 and 31, the Department of
Education (DepEd) administered the National Achievement Test for Grade 12
(NATG12) as part of their K to 12 Basic Education
Program national assessment framework. It aims to determine and identify the gaps in
the curriculum and gauge the graduating student's preparedness for higher
Now that it is over, teachers are left waiting
for the exam results, hoping that they achieved their number one goal; to make
students attain the learning objectives prescribed by the curriculum.
But after a big exam like this, what must
teachers do with the results? Quipper is here to guide educators on using exam
scores as data for assessment to improve the teaching-learning experience and
potentially elevate their students' future test scores.
Gather test scores and other students'
data for analysis. Data is always present in a classroom and can be gathered
in various ways. It can be Formative Data that teachers can collect from
learners through raising hands, drills, recitations, and short quizzes, or
Observational Data, where they observe students' behaviors and characteristics
when doing a solo task or working with a student.
Lastly, teachers can assess the data from
Summative and Standardized Tests (like the NATG12), Projects, and Performance
Tasks gathered quarterly or at the end of the academic year. This type of data
is necessary because it gauges the learner's capability to apply and retain the
knowledge they learned in the classroom.
It is crucial to differentiate and categorize
data to ensure that teachers adequately address each student's unique needs.
Once these data are assessed, teachers can conduct different strategies to
improve their classroom teaching and, later on, improve students' performance.
Study data to modify teaching
studying data, teachers should now prepare to alter their teaching strategies
according to it. The modification should focus on learners' individual needs
and the overall class condition.
For example, suppose a student suddenly had low
scores compared to their previous exam. In that case, a teacher may want to
assess if the student is having problems that are non-classroom-related that
may influence the student's low performance. Or maybe, the teacher placed test
questions that are too focused on memorization, which may not be a suitable
strategy to use. Teachers must remember that assessing the data is all about
identifying the learning barriers or overall curriculum problems to ensure that
the learners will always give their best performance on their exams.
Establish realistic student goals and
design/adjust lesson plans according to them. After students see
their exam results, they might feel burdened and pressured to do better. But a
teacher should always remind students that whatever the outcome, what matters
most is that they are learning.
Students were always taught to think that
scores and numbers are equivalent to their worth; that is why educators must
gear away from this mindset and help the students establish realistic goals by
designing or adjusting their lesson plans according to them. May it be changing
how the lessons were taught or giving a fresher take on summative assessments.
More than anything, teachers should encourage
the student's individual growth inside and outside the classroom, even if it
means getting a score of 10 or 15 points higher than before.
These strategies are not here to make things
complicated for teachers. Instead, it treats learning as a process that cannot
be accomplished without proper assessment. Yes, an improvement in performance
starts with the student, but they cannot do it without the teacher's help.
To learn more about how teachers can use data
from test scores and student’s performance to improve teaching, they can access
Quipper’s Basic Education Exit Assessment (BEEA) assessment package, that includes
a module which can be used as their go-to guide on doing proper assessments in
Indeed, Quipper is here to tirelessly assist
teachers through its innovative teaching and learning technology that can adapt
to the changing landscape of education.
To learn more about Quipper Philippines and its other programs
and initiatives, visit https://www.quipper.com/ph/.
Quipper Philippines is a leading global education technology company
with a mission to bring the best education to every corner of the world.
Quipper aims to provide, improve, and distribute quality education, through
technology, to create a world where every child is given an equal opportunity
to learn and gain knowledge.