Watch how the PPST was developed and how it can help transform the teaching profession:

The Australian government, through the BEST Program, has supported the development of the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST) since 2013 through its partnership with the Philippine Research Center for Teacher Quality (RCTQ), an organization it also helped establish in 2012.

The new standards, which build on the previously-adopted National Competency-based Teacher Standards (NCBTS), define what competencies constitute teacher quality both in pre-service and in-service education, and in the context of the K to 12 reform.  It has well-defined domains, strands, and indicators that provide measures of professional learning, competent practice and effective engagement. The PPST will also be used as a basis for all learning and development programs for teachers to ensure that they are properly equipped to effectively implement the K to 12 program.

The new standards, which build on the previously-adopted National Competency-based Teacher Standards (NCBTS), define what competencies constitute teacher quality both in pre-service and in-service education, and in the context of the K to 12 reform.  It has well-defined domains, strands, and indicators that provide measures of professional learning, competent practice and effective engagement. The PPST will also be used as a basis for all learning and development programs for teachers to ensure that they are properly equipped to effectively implement the K to 12 program.

Thousands of pre-service and in-service teachers, principals, supervisors, and senior officials of DepEd from every region validated the PPST from 2013 until 2016 through surveys, workshops and meetings before it was finalized with the Teacher Education Council (TEC), an agency attached to DepEd primarily responsible for the formulation of policies that improve the standards and system of teacher education.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones issued DepEd Order No. 42, s. 2017 on 11 August 2017 to provide guidelines for the national adoption and implementation of the PPST.

On 5 October 2017, Australian Embassy and DepEd launched the PPST at the opening of the National Teachers Day celebration in Legazpi City.

On the same day, Sec. Briones issued a statement on the role of the PPST in the DepEd reform agenda:  “The implementation of PPST comes at a perfect time when DepEd is instituting reforms to respond to a changing landscape in education. It enables us to achieve a kind of teacher quality that is well aligned with new requirements triggered by the K to 12 reform, ASEAN integration, globalization and the evolving character of the 21st century learners. PPST provides a new platform to empower teachers to reflect on and assess their own practices as they aspire for personal growth and professional development.”

In this explainer video, Sec. Briones said teachers were part of those extensively consulted in developing and validating the PPST.

“PPST was developed through years of rigorous research and consultations involving many of you, teachers, because you were also consulted,” said Sec. Briones.