DSS-CAS holds forum on international education and assessment
Alfie Anthony Neodama
The Division of Social Sciences of the College of Arts and Sciences (DSS-CAS) and the Office of the Continuing Education and Pahinungod (OCEP) sponsored a public-lecture forum on Framing the K-12 Policy: New Trends in International Education and Assessment on February 20, 2013 at the Training Rooms 1-3, GCE Building in UPV, Iloilo City.
It was attended by 134 teachers from all educational levels across the Province of Iloilo. The event endeavored to provide an international context to the K-12 policy of the Aquino administration and to generate insights on how teachers can be best prepared with the new policy.
Dr. Heinz Wolf, lecturer of History at the DSS-CAS spoke about the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), as mentioned in the 20 November 2011 article in the Philippine Inquirer newspaper entitled “You can’t improve what you can’t measure” authored by Dr. Grace Shangkuan Koo. PISA is a test taken by 74 countries across the world. Mathematics, Science and Reading Competency are its major components. The Philippines is not a participating country in the test, but the successful educational policies in the top performing countries in the PISA testing (e.g. China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Japan) provide a template for the success of the Philippines’ K-12 program. Nevertheless, Wolf urges caution in adopting PISA standards as the test does not measure creativity as well as research and innovation in individual countries. He emphasized oral achievement and consistency of subjects.