DepEd, ready for the full remote online National Qualifying Examination for those who want to become school heads

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July 30, 2022

The Department of Education (DepEd) is ready to conduct the first full remote online examination for the 2022 National Qualifying Examination for School Heads (NQESH) for those who wish to become school heads on July 31, 2022.

This year’s NQESH will be conducted online as part of DepEd’s prompt response to the need to prioritize the safety and welfare of all its staff and recognize the different COVID-19 alert levels implemented in different regions of the country.

The significant advancement in HR Avatar’s remote proctoring technology by ASEAMETRICS, a highly secured cloud-based testing system with proven capacity to support high-stakes examinations such as NQESH, will enable DepEd to properly switch to remote video-based testing.

According to the Office of the Undersecretary for Human Resource and Organization Development, the procedure to be carried out by NQESH will be the first in the history of the assessment of school heads.

Aside from the transition to full remote testing, the test items are based on the skills set in the Philippine Professional Standards for School Heads (PPSSH) or DepEd Order No. 024, s. 2020, and developed using the Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes (SOLO) model.

The test items of the new NQESH were developed and went through validation through the collaboration of the DepEd with the Philippine Normal University – Research Center for Teacher Quality (RCTQ), with the help of the SiMERR National Research Center of the University of New England-Australia.

NQESH will help ensure that DepEd appoints school heads who possess the knowledge and competencies expected in the Career Stage 1 of the PPSSH and who can competently support teachers in their profession,” pagbabahagi ni RCTQ Director Dr. Gina Gonong.

Liza Manalo-Mapagu, President and CEO of ASEAMETRICS, said that their collaboration with DepEd, through HR Avatar US, provides assessment automation from test delivery to report generation. HR Avatar by ASEAMETRICS is a leading online testing management system that is widely used in many organizations around the world and in the Philippines.

Passing the National Qualifying Examination for School Head (NQESH), also known as the Principals’ Test, is one of the requirements for the appointment and reclassification of all aspiring applicants for Principal and Assistant Principal positions in all public elementary and secondary schools.

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