“If tests are not properly constructed, they may not only provide data that are invalid for judgment or use in decision making but also, it may do harm to the examinees’ self-concept, self-esteem, and future career,” Marilyn U. Balagtas, measurement and assessment expert from Philippine Normal University emphasized during the Schools Division Office of Lipa City’s instructional leaders and mentors training on conducting learning outcome assessment.

The five-day training was focused on the test development processes, construction of table of specifications and test items, conducting item analysis, and development of rubrics.

Furthermore, the use of Biggs’ structure of observed learning outcome (SOLO) taxonomy model in test construction was introduced to the participants as an in – depth process in conducting assessment.

CID Chief Lorna R. Medrano stressed that the training was conceptualized based on the result of monitoring and evaluation on the conduct of quarterly assessment.

“Even though Lipa learners topped the Basic Education Assessment in CALABARZON in the two consecutive years, there is still a need to capacitate the teachers in conducting classroom assessment,” Medrano added.

Participants expressed their appreciation of the lectures shared by Balagtas as they realize the importance of aligning the assessment tools with the desired performance and content standards in each learning areas.

To exhibit the actual application of the lectures, workshops by key stages and learning areas were facilitated by education program supervisors.

SDO Lipa City expects that this initiative will provide learners comprehensive assessment procedures to determine the technical assistance needed for improved teaching – learning process. (Marife T. Morcilla, EPS – English, SDO – Lipa City)