DepEd to probe, sanction violators of DO 55, s. 2016 during conduct of BEEA 2019

PASIG CITY, February 19, 2019 – The Department of Education’s (DepEd) Bureau of Education Assessment (BEA), through the Schools Division Offices, will conduct an investigation and impose sanctions in view of the photos of test items and improperly shaded answer sheets posted on social media by students who took the Basic Education Exit Assessment (BEEA) last February 13 and 14.

Furthermore, DepEd reiterates that under Section 13 (Breach of Security in National Examinations and Corresponding Sanctions) of DepEd Order No. 55, series 2016 (Policy Guidelines on the National Assessment of Student Learning for the K to 12 Basic Education Program), “the security and integrity of test materials shall be upheld in the whole process of the test administration.”

Included in the violations strictly prohibited by the Order are the capturing of test items through electronic gadgets, and the distribution and posting of photos of the test booklet in any form of media.

For more information, contact BEA-Education Assessment Division at telephone no. (02) 631-2589 or through email at [email protected]

READ: 2018 Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Test

Policy Guidelines on the National Assessment of Student Learning (DepEd Order No. 55, s. 2016)

SECTION 13: Breach of Security in National Examinations and Corresponding Sanctions

The security and integrity of test materials shall be upheld in the whole process of test administration. This Order rescinds DECS Order No. 85, s. 1999, “Breach of Security in National Examinations and Corresponding Sanctions” and DepEd Order No. 47, s. 2015, “Inclusion of Acts as Violations to National Examinations.”The following acts are deemed as violation/infractions of security pertaining to national examinations in addition to:

1. Reading of test booklets other than by the examinee

2. Supplying answers to examinees

3. Cheating

4. Plagiarizing

5. Loss of test booklets

6. Photocopying of test booklets

7. Capturing test items through electronic gadgets

8. Distribution and posting of photos of the test booklet in any form of media

9. Opening the test materials prior to testing schedule

10. Late submission of test booklets and/or answer sheets

11. Tampering of examinees’ answer sheets

12. Infringement of copyright

13. Allowing impostors and substitute examinees

14. Misrepresentation with regard to age, residence, and status

15. Failure to closely monitor test procedures resulting in test irregularities

Any or all of the following sanctions will be imposed on any or all of the aforementioned violations committed by those involved:

1. Examinees

The degree of violation and corresponding sanction shall be determined by the Chief Examiner.

a. First and second offenses: reprimand

b. Third offense: Cancellation of test papers / invalidation of test results

2. Testing Personnel

The degree of violation and corresponding sanction shall be determined by the Schools Division Superintendent.

a. Suspension of salaries and incentives/benefits of those concerned for one to three months

b. Work suspension

c. In the case of infringement of copyright, legal remedies will be considered.

Read More: DepEd Policy Guidelines on the National Assessment of Student Learning

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