By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
The Department of Education (DepEd) is reminding those who wish to take the 2018 Accreditation & Equivalency (A & E) Test that the deadline for registration is today, February 11.
The registration for the 2018 A & E started last January 3.
A & E Test applicants may still register at the schools division offices (SDOs) or district offices (DOs) identified by the Schools Division Superintendent (SDS) as registration centers.
Pursuant to DepEd Order No. 55 series of 2016 (Policy Guidelines on the National Assessment of Student Learning for the K to 12 Basic Education Program) those who may register and take the test include learners of Alternative Learning System (ALS) and Non-Formal Education Programs; out-of-school children and youth who are prepared for assessment; and adults who are seeking Certification of Learning.
“Applicants should be at least 12 years old for the A & E elementary level and at least 16 years old for the A &E Junior High School level on the day of the examination,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said. She added that “only registered applicants with complete requirements shall be allowed to take the A & E Test at the testing centers” approved by the Bureau of Education Assessment (BEA) scheduled on February 24, 2019 for Luzon cluster and March 3, 2019 for the Visayas and Mindanao clusters.
Aside from the registration form which is available at the registration centers, interested applicants should bring the following: (1) original and copy of the Certification of Completion Program ALS provided by Learning Facilitator (only for students of ALS) and (2) Original and copy of birth certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
DepEd said that if the applicant has no birth certificate from the PSA, other options include: baptismal certificate, voter’s ID (with photo and signature), valid passport, valid driver’s license and any legal document (NBI clearance, barangay certificate, certification from the barangay chairman or learning facilitator) indicating the name, photograph, and signature of registrant and two copies of identical 1×1 ID picture with white background and name tag are also needed.
DepEd reminded the applicants to complete the form and the documents before submission. DepEd also requires the applicant to personally fill out the forms and submit it personally to the registration centers.
Briones noted that the School Division Superintendent (SDS), through the Division Testing Coordinator (DTC) “shall assign a personnel who will manage the registration process and evaluation of applicants’ documents during the test administration.” She added that “all personnel should have a proven satisfactory performance in the conduct of BEA testing program and should have no records of violations relating to national examination policies.”
Briones said that the Regional Testing Coordinators (RTCs), along with other Regional Office personnel, “may monitor the registration process, orientation of testing personnel and test administration subject to the availability of local funds.” She added that “there should be only one monitor per SDO or DO.”
In compliance with DepEd Memorandum No. 121 series of 2017, Briones said “portfolio assessment will not be required” for the 2018 A & E Test and “it will not be a part of the final rating.” The test, Briones explained, “is a multiple-choice type only” and that the passing rate is “still at 60%” as provided in the DepEd memo no. 76 series of 2018.
Briones also reminded that the SDS is “required to conduct an investigation on breach of security should irregularities in the test registration and administration arise. Meanwhile, she warned that “no payment shall be collected” by anyone involved in A & E Test registration, administration and issuance of the certificate of rating.
The A&E is designed to “measure the competencies of those who have neither attended nor finished formal elementary or secondary education.” The test aims to give those who have neither attended nor finished formal elementary or secondary school “a chance to earn their very own diploma and proceed to a higher level of learning.”
The passers of the ALS A&E, formerly known as the Non-formal Education A&E Test, are given a certificate/diploma which bears the seal and the signature of the DepEd Secretary. This will certify their competencies as comparable to graduates of the formal school system. As such, they are qualified to enroll in high school for elementary level passers and to enroll in college for secondary level passers.