DepEd cites progress in pupils under govt’s learning recovery program
By Connie Calipay
LEGAZPI CITY --- The Department of Education in Bicol (DepEd-5) has recorded a significant improvement in the performance of the identified early-grade learners who have undergone a series of remediation and catch-up activities as part of the implementation of the 8-Week Learning Recovery Curriculum (LRC).
In a statement on Tuesday, DepEd-5 Director Gilbert Sadsad said the initial results of the post-assessment and evaluation for the program were conducted by the regional office last October.
The initial data showed that there were students whose progress was observed in their foundational skills in numeracy and literacy after the implementation of the program.
“We conducted a post-assessment last October because we are interested to know how our students fared during the implementation of the 8-Week LRC. The submitted reports from the 13 school division offices showed that there is a significant increase in the number of students whose basic numeracy and literacy skills have improved after attending a series of remediation activities as part of the 8-Week LRC,” Sadsad said.
Based on the result of the post-assessment, Grace Rabelas, DepEd-5 education program supervisor, noted progress on the reading profile of students tagged as a full refresher from the previous school year.
Rabelas said the number of full refresher students both in Grades 2 and 3 has significantly reduced after attending a series of remediation and catch-up activities.
She also said there is an increase in the number of students considered as grade ready compared to last year’s assessment.
“The number of grade-ready learners in Grade 2 (Mother Tongue) has increased by 18.04 percent, from 15.22 percent last year when they were in Grade 1, to 33.26 percent now that there are in Grade 2 after the implementation of the 8-Week LRC. Those who are Grade Ready in Filipino (Grade 3) has increased by 17.82 percent; from 24.98 percent last year when they were still in Grade 2 to 42.8 percent this school year now that they are in Grade 3, after the implementation of the 8-Week Learning Recovery Curriculum,” she noted.
The initial assessment and evaluation of the program were conducted using the Comprehensive Rapid Literacy Assessment (CRLA) which is a reading assessment designed to help teachers quickly determine the reading profiles of their Grades 1-3 learners and develop appropriate reading instructional strategies.
The CRLA was administered to around 400,000 students who participated in the implementation of the 8-Week LRC, which is an intervention designed for these pupils, especially those who have acquired learning losses due to the pandemic.
Schools at the height of the implementation of the said program temporarily set aside the full implementation of the curriculum for Grades 1 to 3 and then focused on developing the foundational skills of learners in reading and numeracy. (PNA)