ACTRC Urges Use of Learning Progression for Student Assessment

In its 10th year, the Center for Assessment, Curriculum and Technology Research assures its commitment to contribute to the improvement and innovation of the Philippine education system. CONTRIBUTED IMAGE

The Assessment, Curriculum and Technology Research Center (ACTRC) has urged education officials to consider using learning progression on digital grades to assess mastery of learning skills students.

ACTRC Australian deputy director Dr Pam Robertson said the old system summarized learning with a single score or grade, but without the context of what it represents. She said competency-based assessment would better describe students’ skills.

“In this digital world where people can search for things on the internet, [people] are less interested in what someone knows – they are more interested in what someone can do,” she pointed out.

ACTRC’s Deputy Director in the Philippines, Dr. Nona Marlene Ferido, explained that the use of learning progression will utilize “the stages or stages that students go through as they progress towards mastery of an important skill.

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She said it could help identify areas where students are struggling and can show students’ prior skills to build on, which grades or scores won’t be shown.

“The progression of learning will allow teachers to give effective feedback and adjust instruction based on learners’ developmental level,” Ferido added.

To build on the use of learning progression, Robertson said teachers and education systems need to be proficient in using assessment evidence.

In terms of curricula, the ACTRC has focused its recommendations on adapting to the needs of an ever-changing world, including mother tongue-based multilingual education, the appropriate pace and sequence of curricula, and their implemented in classrooms, the alignment of national assessments (Early Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment; Grades 6 and 10 National Achievement Tests and Core Leaving Assessment) to a single scale not only for tracking, but also for providing diagnostic feedback, as well as graduate fitness.

It also pushes for the use of technology to make education more accessible and improve the quality of education. Robertson added that the technology could also be used to improve assessments and the curriculum.

Additionally, the ACTRC celebrates 10 years of research to innovate content, pedagogies, and policies to improve the quality of education, expand access, and ensure relevance.

“Here at the ACTRC, we believe that assessment is essential in the teaching and learning processes. Evidence can be appropriately transformed into valuable information that can be used to assess the effectiveness of the teaching, properly monitor learning, and develop methods for students to maximize relevant learning opportunities and demonstrate their true competence,” Ferido said.

The Philippine Director of the ACTRC, Professor Marie Therese Bustos, also assured the group’s commitment to contribute to the improvement and innovation of the Philippine education system.

“There is still a lot of work to be done and the ACTRC will continue its efforts to improve the education system in the Philippines so that Filipino learners and educators can reach their full potential. We believe in the talents of Filipinos. help them hone those skills and show them how to use them to improve their lives and society,” she said.