Pen, paper, and calculator for the new k to 12 grading system

The New K to 12 Curriculum Grading System

Though it has been years since the educational reform in 2012, we can still deem the k to 12 curriculum fairly new and subject for a full review. For newly applied systems like this, full grasp of the new grading and assessment process is vital to achieve transparency. To know how your teachers compute your final grades, here’s a guide for the new k to 12 grading system for senior high school students like you.

All about the New K to 12 Grading System

Under D.O. No. 8, s.2015 effective school year 2015-2016, the Department of Education or DepEd will follow a new competency based grading system for K-12 Basic Education Program. Compared to the former Knowledge, Process, Understanding, and Performances or KPUP grading system, the latest will use fewer grading system components and a new transmutation table.

All public schools from kindergarten to senior high school must comply. Although not required, DepEd urges private schools to follow same guidelines. Non-DepEd schools, on the other hand, can adjust their policies in line to their mission and vision but with the approval of the DepEd Regional Office.

Under this order, all the Written Works, Performance Tasks, and Quarterly Assessment or WW-PT-QA scores of students from Grades 1 to 12 will be the base of their summative assessment results. These three have specific percentage weights that vary based on the nature of the learning area.

New Senior High School Grading System Components

    • Written Work (WW) – makes sure students can express skills and contents in written form
    • Performance Tasks (PT) – lets learners show what they know and can do in diverse ways
    • Quarterly Assessment (QA) – measures student learning at the end of the quarter

How to Record and Compute Your Grades Based on K to 12 Grading System

Every grading period, the students must complete one quarterly assessment and several written works and performance tasks. There’s no required number of WW and PT but these must be spread out over the quarter and used to assess students’ skills after each unit has been taught.

How to Compute Your Final Grade and General Average

Follow the steps below to compute your final grades.

  1. Add up all the total score for each component.
  2. Convert the sum for each component to percentage score. Divide the total raw score by the highest possible score, then multiply the quotient by 100%.
  3. Convert the percentage scores to weighted scores. Multiply the PS by the weight of the component listed in Table 1.
New Senior High School Grading System Components - K to 12 Grading System
Table 1. Weight of Components for SHS
  1. Sum up the weighted scores of each component to get the initial grade.
  2. Transmute the initial grade to get the quarterly grade using the new transmutation table.

New Transmutation Table for K to 12 Grading System

Grade Transmutation Table for K to 12 Basic Education Program - K to 12 Grading System
Table 2: Grade Transmutation Table for K to 12 Basic Education Program

How to Compute Your Grades at the End of the School Year

For grades 11 and 12, the two quarters will dictate your final grade in a semester. Your teacher will show your parent or guardian the summary of your progress quarterly via parent-teacher meetings. The grading scale, with descriptor and remarks, are given at the end of your grade level.

Grading scale for the new k to 12 grading system
Table 3: K to 12 Grading System Descriptors, Grading Scale, and Remarks

What Are the Perks of the New K to 12 Grading System 

Unlike the KPUP, the new k to 12 grading system has 60 as minimum grade but will have a converted rating of 75 in the report card. The lowest grade a student can get is rather 60 for the quarterly and final grades. Since the new grading system also used fewer components and launched a new transmutation table, it makes it simpler for teachers to compute the grades.

For more details on DepEd’s K-12 senior high school program, please go to K12 Philippines. You may also check CIIT’s senior high school courses to learn more about our specialized tracks.

Sources: thepublicschoolteacher.com | localpulse.net | depedtambayan.ph | soapboxie.com | deped.gov.ph | teacherph.com

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