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Class X grading process to kick off next month

Posted on: September 22, 2009

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NEW DELHI: Ushering in a new phase in school education, CBSE has rolled out the roadmap for starting the continuous and comprehensive evaluation

(CCE) process in its schools across the country from next month.

The students who are now in Class IX will be the first to be evaluated for their scholastic as well as co-scholastic performance from next month, resulting in grades instead of marks.

This batch will be the first to be free from the stress of Class X Boards in 2010-11.

In a circular dated September 20, the Board has released a schedule and set of guidelines for schools to switch over to CCE and conduct formative and summative assessment of Class IX students in their second term, starting from October this year to March 2010. The Board is likely to start training the teachers for CCE from next month.

Aiming at “holistic assessment of a learner”, as announced earlier, the Board has decided to break a session into two terms with two formative and one summative assessment in each term. The weightage of these two assessments in a year will be 40% and 60%, respectively. However, for the current year, Class IX students will only have two formative assessments through quizzes, discussions, project work and practicals.

Significantly, the circular stressed that CCE “will motivate learning in a friendly environment rather than in a fearful situation…It is highly recommended that the school should not restrict the formative assessment to only a paper-pencil test. There are other means of testing such as quizzes, conversations, interviews, oral testing, visual testing, projects, practicals and assignments.” This will level the field for many students who are otherwise intelligent and keen learners but do not do so well in written tests.

One summative assessment will be done in March 2010 and the students will be evaluated on a nine-point grading system to pass for Class X. The questions for this assessment will be provided for every subject by the Board on its website. The curriculum will remain the same.

The students can also take an optional aptitude test at the end of Class IX and another at the end of Class X to choose the subjects for the next class. Those going in for vocational courses after Class X or switching over to any other board will, however, be required to take the Board exam in writing or online.

By introducing this system, CBSE also expects to do away with the general practice of finishing the syllabus before time to be followed by the pre-Boards and study leave. “Now there will be greater focus on learning rather than teaching to test,” the circular stressed.

The Board, however, is not leaving successful execution of these plans entirely to the schools. CBSE has planned rigorous training sessions for teachers all over the country from next month. It has been conducting meetings with the stakeholders in this regard across the country.

A member of the committee working on developing the CCE framework said, “The training modules for teachers are ready and we are going to start extensive training sessions of six to eight hours for teachers from next month. The first training session is likely to kick off in Delhi in the first week of October.” The Board may bring in other educational agencies also to train the teachers.

The training sessions will be attended by the heads of schools and two teacher representatives. They will in turn train the other teachers and counsel the parents. “Principals and trained teachers will thereafter interact with parents during parent-teacher meetings to create awareness regarding the Board’s scheme and address their concerns,” the circular stated. The Board will also release a

“Teacher’s Manual on School Based Assessment” in a couple of weeks which will be posted on the CBSE website too.
To help parents and teachers with the nitty-gritty of the new system, CBSE has also planned to put frequently asked questions on its website and the stakeholders can also write to the CBSE chairperson with their queries on CCE.

source :- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

IND0363B.JPGNEW DELHI: Ushering in a new phase in school education, CBSE has rolled out the roadmap for starting the continuous and comprehensive evaluation

(CCE) process in its schools across the country from next month.

The students who are now in Class IX will be the first to be evaluated for their scholastic as well as co-scholastic performance from next month, resulting in grades instead of marks.

This batch will be the first to be free from the stress of Class X Boards in 2010-11.

In a circular dated September 20, the Board has released a schedule and set of guidelines for schools to switch over to CCE and conduct formative and summative assessment of Class IX students in their second term, starting from October this year to March 2010. The Board is likely to start training the teachers for CCE from next month.

Aiming at “holistic assessment of a learner”, as announced earlier, the Board has decided to break a session into two terms with two formative and one summative assessment in each term. The weightage of these two assessments in a year will be 40% and 60%, respectively. However, for the current year, Class IX students will only have two formative assessments through quizzes, discussions, project work and practicals.

Significantly, the circular stressed that CCE “will motivate learning in a friendly environment rather than in a fearful situation…It is highly recommended that the school should not restrict the formative assessment to only a paper-pencil test. There are other means of testing such as quizzes, conversations, interviews, oral testing, visual testing, projects, practicals and assignments.” This will level the field for many students who are otherwise intelligent and keen learners but do not do so well in written tests.

One summative assessment will be done in March 2010 and the students will be evaluated on a nine-point grading system to pass for Class X. The questions for this assessment will be provided for every subject by the Board on its website. The curriculum will remain the same.

The students can also take an optional aptitude test at the end of Class IX and another at the end of Class X to choose the subjects for the next class. Those going in for vocational courses after Class X or switching over to any other board will, however, be required to take the Board exam in writing or online.

By introducing this system, CBSE also expects to do away with the general practice of finishing the syllabus before time to be followed by the pre-Boards and study leave. “Now there will be greater focus on learning rather than teaching to test,” the circular stressed.

The Board, however, is not leaving successful execution of these plans entirely to the schools. CBSE has planned rigorous training sessions for teachers all over the country from next month. It has been conducting meetings with the stakeholders in this regard across the country.

A member of the committee working on developing the CCE framework said, “The training modules for teachers are ready and we are going to start extensive training sessions of six to eight hours for teachers from next month. The first training session is likely to kick off in Delhi in the first week of October.” The Board may bring in other educational agencies also to train the teachers.

The training sessions will be attended by the heads of schools and two teacher representatives. They will in turn train the other teachers and counsel the parents. “Principals and trained teachers will thereafter interact with parents during parent-teacher meetings to create awareness regarding the Board’s scheme and address their concerns,” the circular stated. The Board will also release a

“Teacher’s Manual on School Based Assessment” in a couple of weeks which will be posted on the CBSE website too.
To help parents and teachers with the nitty-gritty of the new system, CBSE has also planned to put frequently asked questions on its website and the stakeholders can also write to the CBSE chairperson with their queries on CCE.

source :- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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