Central Board of Secondary Education: New Assessment Model for Classes 6 to 10

Schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will soon have a new way of assessing students. The new assessment system will be based on the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. It will focus on assessing students according to their skills or competencies needed to solve everyday problems and not just booking information. In the development of a new method of assessment, question papers and assessment methods will be changed in stages over a period of three to four years.

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has unveiled a new Assessment Framework for science, mathematics, and English classes as part of CBSE’s Competency-Based Education Project. Under this framework, 40 test designers, 180 test writers, and 360 trained trainers are trained in using this framework to create model question banks and compile good curriculum. The test framework was prepared by CBSE and the British Council and AlphaPlus as the UK information partner.

The new framework will be used for secondary school students including 6-10 classes and focuses on “improving the overall learning outcomes of students across India, mainly covering three subjects: English (reading), Science and Maths”.
In the first phase Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, UT Chandigarh, and independent schools across the country have been selected to participate in the program which will be rolled out to all 25,000 CBSE schools in India by 2024.

The framework is part of the CBSE Competency-Based Education Project which aims to replace the existing rote program with a skills-based framework as envisaged in NEP 2020 in the next 2-3 years.

The project will directly support 15 education leaders, 2,000 school principals; 15 senior government leaders; Authors of 180 test items; 360 trainers will also cover 25,000 CBSE schools including 2,000 JNVs and KVs, 132,000 teachers, and 20 million students by 2024.

“The new skills-based assessment framework aims to empower international education, with a high level of improved student outcomes, and will support teachers to excel in school testing,” CBSE said in a statement. A proposed evaluation framework has been developed to improve the quality of teaching and to implement the proposed changes to the National Education Policy 2020 which proposes to change the school education model from 10 + 2 to 5 + 3 + 3 + 4.

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