June 17, 1994 – DO 38, s. 1994 – 1994 National Secondary Assessment Test (NSAT) for All Fourth Year High School Students

June 17, 1994
DO 38, s. 1994
1994 National Secondary Assessment Test (NSAT) for All Fourth Year High School Students

To: Bureau Directors, Regional Directors, Schools Superintendents
Heads of State Colleges and Universities
Heads of Private Schools, Colleges and Universities

  1. Date of the 1994 NSAT. A new National Secondary Assessment Test or NSAT will be administered to all public and private fourth year high school students from 7:30 o’clock in the morning to 12:15 o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, September 2, 1994. Henceforth, the NSAT will be given on the 13th Friday after the beginning of the school year, or three days after the companion NEAT. The NSAT replaces the NCEE, earlier abolished under R. A. No. 7731 last June 2, 1994, since an evaluation of the academic performance of each school remains of paramount importance. Unlike the NCEE, passing the NSAT will not be a requirement for admission to tertiary degree programs, nor will there be an overall NSAT grade. Nevertheless, all graduating high school seniors must take the NSAT. There will be no charge for taking the NSAT.
  2. Components and weights of NSAT. The NSAT shall have both aptitude and achievement components. The NSAT shall cover English and Filipino proficiencies (Verbal Ability), Mathematics (Quantitative Ability), Vocational Aptitude (Abstract Reasoning), and Science and Technology. The results of the NSAT shall be transmuted into percentage grades and shall be given an equivalent of l/5th of the general average of each subject area, i.e., 1/5 of English IV, 1 /5th of Filipino IV, l/5th of Mathematics IV, and l/5th of Science IV. The scores will be made available to the individual schools before the end of the school year.
  3. Assignment of responsibilities. The National Educational Testing and Research Center (NETRC), in cooperation with the Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE) and the Regional Offices, shall undertake the assessment activity. All bureaus, centers, regional and division offices of this Department and other cooperating government agencies shall assist in this undertaking. All regional directors shall take charge of the efficient administration of these assessment tests. Funding will come from the allotments of the DECS Regional Offices.
  4. Guidelines. The guidelines and other details of the aforementioned tests are provided in the enclosures.

Reference: DECS Order: No. 31, s. 1993
Allotment; 1-2-3-4–(M.O. 1-87)

To be indicated in the Perpetual Index under the following subjects:
Course of Study, SECONDARY