After analyzing the early grade mathematics and reading performances of Grade 1 pupils from the various divisions of the country, the Department of Education (DepEd) and UP NISMED completed baseline studies on early grade mathematics and reading in June 2016. The study established baseline data on the literacy and numeracy of beginning Grade 1 pupils from the selected divisions that made use of their mother tongue as a medium of instruction. These studies were done to address one of the components of the Learning, Equity and Accountability Program Support (LEAPS) Project that dealt with the improvement of the teaching and learning in early grade mathematics and reading.
For reading, the study reported beginning Grade 1 pupils’ ability to recognize letters of the alphabet, read simple words, understand sentences and paragraphs, as well as their ability to write down simple sentences dictated to them. On the other hand, for early grade mathematics, the study reported beginning Grade 1 pupils’ ability to identify and discriminate numbers, identify number patterns, solve simple number operations and word problems, and complete geometric pattern. DepEd will conduct another round of assessments for beginning Grade 2 pupils for academic year 2016-2017. Results of which will be compared to the baseline data to track if the numeracy and literacy levels of pupils improved.