November 10, 2022 – The Department released on Thursday the results of the first PPSSH-aligned National Qualifying Examination for School Heads (NQESH) with a total of 2,203 (36.90%) out of the 5,966 examinees now classified as eligible for the next stage (such as interview and paper screening) for Principal I positions.

This year’s NQESH employed many firsts in the history of assessing aspiring school heads. Aside from the shift to fully remote testing, this year’s test items comprise conceptual and situational critical thinking questions aligned with the competencies set out in the Philippine Professional Standards for School Heads (PPSSH) or DepEd Order No. 024, s. 2020, and were developed using the Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes (SOLO) model as the underpinning framework.

To determine the qualified examinees for the next stage of the selection process, as well as identify those who will undertake further learning and development interventions, the examinees’ responses were quantitatively analyzed using the Rasch Model, a procedure identifying the taker’s proficiency and understanding of becoming a school head instead of the usual pass or fail scores.

The four national top performers for this year’s NQESH are as follows: Arlen A. Jumamoy, Kasilak National High School, Panabo City, Region XI (Davao Region); Christian Mespher Hernandez, Toclong Elementary School and Schools Division Office Imus City, Region IV-A (CALABARZON); June Jay Mangente, Salvacion Elementary School, Pio Duran, Albay, Region V (Bicol Region); and Johnathan Guillermo, Francisco Balagtas Elementary School, National Capital Region, Manila.

The release of individual certificates to all test takers, including appropriate Human Resource (HR) actions and Learning & Development (L&D) interventions, will be announced through a subsequent issuance from the Office of the Undersecretary for Human Resource and Development (OUHROD), National Educators’ Academy of the Philippines (NEAP), and Teacher Education Council Secretariat (TECS).