Passing the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) is the main requirement used by the Department of Education (Dep. Ed.) for all teacher education graduates to earn the title professional teacher. As a future LET taker, I would like to dwell on the result of this research study as a basis for making necessary improvements or adjustments in the preparationbefore taking the LET.
LET is a test of the overall knowledge and proficiency of prospective teachers to provide a reliable structure, which the practice of prospective teachers can be measured and proven, and it gives access to continuing growth and development. A new teacher education graduate cannot exercise immediately hisher profession. He has to take standardized test first and one of these tests is the Licensure Examination for teachers (LET). Passing the LET would mean a passport to being a professional teacher.
As a result of the “No Child Left Behind” legislation, many state departments of education are advocating stricter standards of accountability to ensure only “Highly Qualified” teachers are employed, and many states require teacher education students to pass state licensure examinations to meet the “Highly Qualified” standard.
This study includes five factors such as curriculum, students, teachers, facilities and equipment and GPA which are believed to affect the LET performance of the first batch of
MAPEH graduates of the academic year 2008-2009.
Researchers believe that the LET performance of the graduate is affected by many factors. One of these is curriculum factor. Students will learn best when curriculum and instruction are congruent with that of the learner’s particular needs. LET performance of the students depends upon the curriculum offered. A well organized and carefully arranged subject would probably have better academic performance.
Another is the student factor. It is believed that LET performance of the students depends upon the behavior, attitudes and interest of the students. Thus, the learner is the center stage in the education process. In the learning process, there would be no teaching without the learner. The students would appear to be ideally prepared to take full advantage of a wide variety of intellectually stimulating and demanding contexts. They tend to prepare challenging tasks and assignments in which they stand to learn something new or increase their competence.
Teacher factor also plays a pivoting role in effective learning. Teachers’ educational qualifications can indeed affect their teaching efficiency. The teachers must be intelligent, resourceful, and flexible in order to impart more knowledge to the students. The personal qualities of a teacher play an important factor to develop authentic human relationships with their students.
The teacher is the most important factor outside the home and affects student learning.
However, becoming a teacher is not an easy task. It is said that teacher is considered as the key
to educative enterprise because she/he is the most single important factor outside of the house
affecting student’s learning development. Teachers who have goals, actively strive for learning and the make use of different methods in order to produce good result. She should be skillful in the practice of teaching performance which is concerned with dissemination or imparting of knowledge to his or her students.
Therefore, teachers need to create a curriculum that guides students to a path of success. Consequently, they need to receive guiding depending on their students need.
Facilities and equipment which include classroom, books and other educational materials are very important to facilitate students learning. Inadequate facilities and equipment are major contributory factors to poor academic performance of the students. Also proper lighting plays a particularly critical role in student performance.
At the same time, availability of school equipment and facilities can facilitate students learning. The students will not be interested and will not participate if there is no adequate equipment and facility. The lack of adequate classroom equipment to be used during practices and the conduct of classes discourage students to go to school and attend classes. However, when there is sufficient and adequate equipment and facilities, students become interested to discover and develop their potentials through their active participation. Thereby, their physically and mentally acquired knowledge equips them to achieve excellent grades. Thus, in adequate facilities and equipment are major contributory factors to poor programs of MAPEH curriculum.
On the other hand, grades are concrete and particular in which society use to judge what you are likely to accomplish in the future. School grades or marks are essential on the evaluation of the student by the teacher. Grades are used in the public schools to provide symbols of success; they are used to qualify for the National Honor Society and for the selection for scholarships and awards.
The moderating variables of this study such as age, gender, study habits and socio- economic status may also affect the LET performance of the graduates.
As stated age, affects the behavior of a student. When the child becomes adolescent, he/she develops a feeling of independence and maturation. However, in determinants of school achievement, gender may exist. It is found that females have more interest to go to school and more studios than males. However a study habit also is important in achieving good grades. Higher academic performance may be achieved by time management and study techniques. While socio-economic, as variable in this study is measured in terms of parents’ income, educational or degree of training received, and level of success attained with an occupation. It revealed that low- academic achiever have low self-esteem, having no study skills and generally come from low-socio-economic status.
The present study focuses on the performance of the first batch of MAPEH graduates in the Licensure Examination for teachers (LET) last October 2009.