In concord with the global practices, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations on Wednesday said that they are planning to launch a mandatory assessment similar in nature to IQ test for class 5 and 8 students from 2018. The main aim of these assessments will be to reduce the rote learning among the students and identify their strengths and weaknesses.
The assessment is in tune with the new curriculum, which is prescribed by the Council for pre-school to Class 8 and will be applicable from the session 2017-18 and compulsory from 2018 session.
"With the introduction of the CISCE curriculum, it becomes vital to ensure that progression of students against the defined learning outcomes is carefully monitored. The Council plans to do this though assessment which will be conducted at the levels of class 5 and class 8 in four subjects," CISCE Chief Executive & Secretary Gerry Arathoon told the media here.
Following will be the test subjects:
- Science (physics, chemistry and biology)
- Social studies (history, civics and geography)
"It will be a written examination. It will apply to day to day experience of the child. It will try to find out whether the student has understood the curriculum that has been set, in different ways. It will test them on their intelligence and life skills," said Arathoon.
The new assessments will be in tune with the best global practices and will help in assessing and measuring the current level of learning in children, which are enrolled in schools affiliated with the CISCE.
"We are looking at IB, IGCSE. They don't stress on rote learning. So we want to reduce the rote learning. The questions will be set by the Council and the questions will be inter-related with other subjects. We will run a pilot and then we will go for the assessment sometime in 2018 academic year," he said.
"We are preparing Master Trainers who will be trained by experts and these master trainers will go through all regions in the country and will teach the teachers how to teach this curriculum and how to assess it. This is going to be assessment with a difference," Arathoon said