December 10, 2022

The Department of Education is studying ways to strengthen the assessment of learners when school year 2021-2022 starts on Sept. 13.
DepEd Usec. for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio, during an online press conference, said one of the challenges during SY 2020-2021 was how to properly assess the learners.
San Antonio said DepEd is studying the possibility of implementing the cross curricular integrative assessment in various regions for the upcoming school year, adding it will streamline the tasks given to the learners while integrating what they have learned from various subjects.
“Sa bawat bahagi ng grading period, nag-uusap ang bawat guro sa iba’t ibang subjects kung ano ang maaring ipagawa sa isang bata, na habang ginagawa niya ang isang proyekto ay naipapakita niya ang kasanayan at kaalaman na natutunan niya sa ibang asignatura,” he said.
He said DepEd-Navotas has successfully implemented the integrative assessment, which is being replicated in other areas of the country.
He said part of their program for academic ease is the integration of the eight performance tasks given to the learners into one task.
San Antonio said DepEd is also creating digital assessments to learners with access to Internet, as well as readying assessments that could be used for grades 6 and 10.
Based on DepEd Department Order 031-2020, which is the interim guidelines for grading and assessment, teachers must be creative and flexible in assessing student learning while still adhering to the principles of quality assessment practice.
The order also requires teachers to ensure all assessment activities are aligned with the most essential learning competencies; must be reliable, valid and transparent; fair, inclusive, and equitable; are practical and manageable for both learners and teachers; give learners a range of ways to demonstrate their learning; and provide timely and accurate information as basis for feedback.
Sec. Leonor Briones said all public schools will continue with distance learning while employing innovations in compliance to Malacañang’s directive barring the conduct of face-to-face classes.
Briones said DepEd is slowly trying to lessen the use of printed learning materials by making these materials available online or offline using available gadgets.
DepEd-Cordillera Director Estela Cariño said there are schools in the region that started to create their own learning management systems (LMS) that would complement modular learning. 
LMS is a software that allows teachers to create virtual classes where they can assign the activities the learners need to go through.
With LMS, teachers can also monitor if the activities have been completed, can submit grade, and conduct online quizzes to assess the learners’ comprehension. – Ofelia C. Empian