DepEd sets evaluation criteria to ensure quality learning materials

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 19) — The Department of Education developed an assessment tool that aims to ensure that the learning materials distributed to public elementary and high school students are free of errors.

The agency said on Tuesday it issued the DepEd Order No. 001 s. 2021 or guidelines on the evaluation of self-learning modules for the third and fourth quarter of the current academic year to ensure the quality of their contents.

It said it will consider the content, language, as well as design, and layout of the instructional materials.

“In the development of SLMs, the guidelines identify overview (instructional objectives, pre-assessment, recall), presentation (concept development, activities, assessments), application, generalization or synthesis, and post-assessment as necessary elements,” the department said in a statement. 

“Entities, however, are allowed to consider other terms provided (that are) synonymous, essential, and consistent in the achievement of learning objectives and presentation of inside pages,” it added.

‘Pass or fail’ method

The Education Department said it will adopt a ‘pass or fail’ method, but it is possible for learning materials to receive a ‘conditional passing’ mark.

Those that have conditionally passed the assessment will be given a copy of a report containing comments and recommendations from their evaluators, it said. Meanwhile, modules that would get a 60% grade or below in any area of evaluation is “considered failed.”

The DepEd said digital copies of modules could be sent via Portable devices, including an external drive and flash drive which contain the needed files, could be delivered to the Bureau of Learning Resources - Quality Assurance Division office in DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.

In October, the department monitored via its DepEd Error Watch 41 factual errors, as well as spelling and grammatical mistakes in self-learning modules distributed to public elementary and high school students. 

It earlier launched the DepEd Error Watch after photos of erroneous learning resources from the agency went viral on social media platforms.

The third quarter of the school year will begin on Feb. 15, and the fourth quarter on April 12. 

The school year 2020 to 2021, which opened on Oct. 5, has been reliant on online classes and printed modules to ensure that learning continues despite the pandemic.

Students earlier urged the government to suspend the academic year in the wake of the coronavirus crisis as access to technology is a problem for most of them. There was also a delay in delivering modules, which the DepEd attributed to budgeting and technical issues.

The agency opposed calls for an academic freeze, saying this "shortsighted solution" could lead to learning loss.