January 29, 2008 DO 7, s. 2008 – Turning Around Low Performance in English: A Priority Program for 2008
To: Regional and Assistant Regional Directors
Schools Division/Assistant Schools Division Superintendents
- In the 2006-2007 National Achievement Test (NAT) 1,898 schools in the elementary level and 264 high schools got a Mean Percentage Score (MPS) of 34% and below in English. These are the schools that are categorized as low performing. These are spread in specific divisions in all regions (see Enclosure 1 for the number of low performing schools in English by region).
- For 2008, the department shall focus on the low performing schools through the project “TURNING AROUND LOW PERFORMANCE IN ENGLISH”. The project aims to attain a 5 MPS increase every year starting SY 2007-2008 or 30% increase in MPS of Grade 6 and Year 2 students by 2010. The following strategies and action steps were presented during the December 27, 2007 Cabinet Meeting and approved by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as DepED’s commitment.
- Teachers English Proficiency Test. This will be administered to all teachers in elementary and secondary levels teaching English, Science and Mathematics and other subjects taught in English
- Reading/ English Test – Grade 3 Reading Test
Grade 6 and Secondary (Yr. 2) NAT English
- Intervention Package for Teachers
- Training of teachers in: i) oral and written communication, ii) teaching beginning, developmental and remedial reading, iv) communicative language teaching and (v) authentic assessment in communication
- Provision of print and non-print teaching – learning materials including lesson exemplars
- Intervention Package for Students
- Provision of supplementary reading materials
- Medical, dental and food for school/feeding assistance
- Intervention Package for Schools
- Provision of initial library collection
- Provision of Speech laboratory – at least one for each division preferably located in a high school
- Support Program
- Conduct of Read-A-Thon / Summer Reading Camps
- Conduct of Search for Best Reading Teacher/s , Best School in Reading
- Networking with Adopt-A-School Program, associations, and other NGOs augment/update library collection and conduct of local read-a-thon, summer reading camps, and acquisition of ICT based teaching learning materials
- Conduct regular monitoring, evaluation and provision of technical assistance
- Policy Enhancement and Implementation
- 1:1 textbook-pupil ratio in English
- Scaling-up Every Child-A-Reader-Program (ECARP) best practices and reading models – Beginning, developmental and remedial reading
- Provision of library/reading center for schools
- All Offices at the central, regional, division and school levels are hereby directed to align their priorities with the Project: Turning Around Low Performance in English” (Project:TURN) including funds needed for the purpose. The 2008 Workplan for the project is attached as Enclosure 2 to serve as guide in prioritizing regional, division and school activities. All divisions and schools concerned shall conduct a planning workshop to agree on specific monthly targets in English, including Science and Mathematics.
- All regions concerned are strongly urged to conduct the widest dissemination of this Order to heighten the awareness and accountability of all divisions and schools concerned.
- For strict compliance.
Encls.: As stated
References: DepED Memorandum: No. 26, s. 2008 DepED Order No. 15, s, 2007
Allotment. 1—(D.O. 50-97)
To be indicated in the Perpetual Index under the following subjects:
Learning Area, ENGLISH