A February 18, 2013 press release from the Department of Education
The Department of Education has issued the guidelines in assessing the year-end school readiness of kindergarten to check on their pre-schooling progress with the end view of providing them with specific learning intervention.
Kindergarten education has been made mandatory in public schools in 2011 by virtue of Republic Act 10157. To assess the performance level of all kindergarten pupils, DepEd came up with School Readiness Year-end Assessment (SReYA).
Kindergarten pupils will be assessed across the different developmental domains that include physical health and well-being, motor development, mathematics, language and literacy, sensory perceptual, physical and social environment, character and values development and socioemotional development.
“Kinder education and the school readiness assessment are vital for the holistic development of a Filipino child,” said Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC.
The result of the assessment will be a critical input for the Grade 1 teachers because they will be provided with children’s readiness profile which is crucial in addressing the pupils’ specific learning needs. On the other hand, the kindergarten teachers will have a basis to improve their instructional skills.
The SReYA will be conducted using the pupils’ mother tongue or the language spoken at home by the children.
Luistro made it clear that the assessment is not considered an achievement test or final exam. “The SReYA is not an entrance exam for the next grade level, thus, no child shall be refused entry to Grade 1 based on the result of the assessment,” Luistro emphasized.
SReYA shall be administered at the end of each school year in every school.