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Numerical Grades or the Lesson Learned: The Most Important in the New Normal System of Education in the Philippines

Teacher Sheila is preparing her grading sheets for the quarter. She starts to record the raw scores of her learners in written works and performance tasks.

Teacher Sheila is preparing her grading sheets for the quarter. She starts to record the raw scores of her learners in written works and performance tasks.

In the Philippines, classes for the school year 2020-2021 begin on October 5, 2020 in which most schools use modular distance learning modality, specifically printed modules. Parents get their children's learning packets in the school on a delivery schedule. As anticipated, the school strictly adheres to the health and safety protocols of COVID-19.

The learning kits of the learners consist of the Weekly Home Learning Plan (WHLP), the learning modules, the learning activity sheets, the Guided Learning Activity Kit (GLAK), additional learning activities, the weekly assessment booklet and the performance tasks. The WHLP acts as a guide for parents to teach their children and at the same time, as a guide for learners to learn lessons throughout the week. Printed learning modules, learning activity sheets and GLAK shall include weekly lessons, which shall include the different tasks and the key to correction. Many parents or learning facilitators wonder why the school has added the key to correction. It is also important to note that these learning materials are known as a self-learning package, which ensures that the learners have the ability to instantly correct their answers in their finished activities to assess whether or not they understand the content of the lesson. In addition, there are other similar activities to improve the learning skills, literacy skills and numeracy skills of learners, and these activities are referred to as additional learning activities. The weekly assessment or written work and performance tasks are the two most critical tests of the numerical grades of learners during the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why most schools have these activities on an alternative basis every week so that teachers can immediately record the scores of the learners.

The written work aspect ensures that learners are able to communicate their learning skills and concepts in written form. This can include essays, written studies, long quizzes and other written outputs. The performance task aspect helps learners to demonstrate what they know and can do in a number of ways. Learners can develop or invent products or execute performance-based tasks. This can include demonstration skills, group meetings, oral work, interactive presentations, and research projects. Additional to the written output may also be called a performance task. The reasoning behind the performance tasks is the definition of the skills and abilities that learners are required to show in relation to content requirements and the incorporation of 21st century skills. It answers the following questions, like what can learners do about what they know? How well do the learners have to do their job? How well do students use their learning or comprehension in various situations? How do learners adapt their learning or understanding to real-life situations? What tools and tests can learners use to prove what they know?

The school's orientation towards parents is linked to the interim grading system for the COVID-19 crisis. During orientation, teachers are marked as having a problem in terms of honesty and integrity in answering the written work and performing tasks of the learners. Based on the simulation activity carried out by the school, one of the most noteworthy findings is the prevalence of parents or learning facilitators responding to the activities, written works and performance tasks of the learners. With the issue found, teachers introduce this situation to the school to collect reactions from their parents. Some parents state their priority during the COVID-19 crisis. They are after the lesson that their children will learn in any activity of the week. It is very necessary to learn the substance of the lesson rather than the numerical grades expressed in the learners' report card. On the other hand, there are some parents or learning facilitators who concentrate mainly on the numerical grades of their children. This is why parents or learning facilitators find time to focus on the activities, the written work and the performance tasks of the learners. Parents are told of the importance of learning lessons in any context of the lessons. It is very important that these learners develop the knowledge and skills required for each lesson to be prepared for the demands of time. As a growing adult, it is very critical that they have wide horizons of important knowledge and skills that are valuable to the success of their work.

Continuing education in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity for learners to learn the most important lessons of life. It is more important to concentrate on the lessons learned rather than the numerical grades. Knowledge and skills are given priority in the field of work, not numerical grades earned by the learners.