THE Department of Education-National Capital Region (DepEd-NCR) bested among other regions in the National Achievement Test (NAT) administered on March 2013.
According to DepEd-NCR Director Luz Almeda, results recently released by the National Education and Testing Resource Center (NETRC) showed a significant increase in NAT performance of the NCR in the secondary level; giving DepEd regional officials reason to flash a jubilant “high 5”.
Almeda described the outcome of the NAT this year in which the premier region tops all the big regions in the country as “remarkable and unprecedented.”
She pointed out that NCR excelled in the field of sports dominating the yearly Palarong Pambansa as undefeated champion; but lagged behind in NAT performance, edging only the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.
“This is no longer true. We have completely turned this around as shown by the NAT results this year. Hindi na kami kulelat,”Almeda said.
The NCR has topped all the big regions under Cluster I composed of Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas, Central Luzon, Bicol and Calabarzon.
Netrc figures showed that NCR gained a Mean Percentage Score of 54.21 percent or an increase of 5.10 percent over NAT rating last year.
Almeda said the NCR was once low in NAT performance both in elementary and secondary school levels.
The NCR director, who was assigned barely a year ago, credited this remarkable result to “hardwork and teamwork” between the Regional Office and the various Divisions.
The top three performing divisions in NCR include Makati City (54.77 percent in Grade 3, 64.78 percent in Grade 6, and 60.45 percent in 4th year high school); Parañaque City (58.32 percent in Grade 3, 70. 56 percent in Grade 6, and 54.74 percent in 4th year high school); and Taguig City and Pateros (43.36 percent in Grade 3, 62.91 percent in Grade 6, and 59.96 percent in 4th year high school).
The regional scores of Cluster 1 with NCR on top, in terms of Mean Percentage Score ranking include Central Visayas (53.94 percent), Western Visayas (52. 93 percent), Cetral Luzon (51.85 percent), Bicol Region (49.66 percent), and Calabarzon (49.01 percent).
NAT results also showed that NCR also performed well in elementary grades with Grade 3 notching a positive increase of 1.62 percent and Grade 6 with an increment of 2.19 percent despite some constraints, according to Almeda. NAT, however, has not been administered in Grade 3 for all private schools in NCR.
Almeda noted that since her assignment to NCR, she has given priority attention to its NAT performance.
“We will continue to balance our NAT and Sports performance. We believe one complements the other; since one should have both healthy mind and healthy,” the regional director stressed.