The recent National Achievement Test (NAT) results proved the mathematics performance of Filipino learners fall below the DepEd’s 75% MPS target. Additionally, international assessments including TIMSS and PISA revealed similar poor results of Filipino students in math. This study developed “Stand Alone Worksheets” (SAW) to address least mastered computation skills; it revealed the developed Grade 6 basic mathematical computation skills preparatory to Grade 7 and performance gains of the mathematically challenged Grade 5 completers along basic mathematical computation skills. A one-group pre-test and posttest pre-experimental design was used in this study. There were 880 pupils from three (3) representative large schools in Albay of S.Y. 2018-2019 screened from where the lowest 25% participants were taken.
Fifteen (15) worksheets were developed covering multiple operations on whole numbers, estimations and four basic operations on fractions and decimals. The SAWs increased the pupils’ performance. The said improvement is statistically significant @ α=0.01. Further, the SAWs can be adopted/modified to enhance learners’ performance level, and that teachers should focus on deepening pupils’ conceptual understanding of basic computation skills. This paper suggests that a better mathematical performance is achievable in both primary and secondary levels when teachers focus on developing basic math skills among students.
Jaymar L. Bonaobra, Bicol University, Philippines
Richard Lorente, Bicol University, Philippines
Stream: Primary & Secondary Education
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