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Need to upgrade assessment methodologies

by Vijay Garg
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Imagine a report card in which, on a scale of one to ten, getting a four or a five would not imply you have scored low. It would just mean that the subject is not suited to your palate. Unfortunately, the testing and evaluation methodologies used in our education system are presently distant from such an assessment.
Since students’ talents and how they utilise them is the foundation of contemporary society, the assessment framework in education should be geared towards helping them develop their individual strengths. While every student has a different learning style, the prevalent system only tests learners on their ability to recall information.
Help build skills
Imposing learning expectations on students is a problem as this prevents them from investing their formative years in building skills, which will be their most valuable asset when the time comes to pursue a profession or realise their aspirations. An assessment system must take this into account and ensure that students, who might score low on paper but high in terms of application, must be encouraged to learn further.
Strengthen weak students
Assessment will help identify students who are falling behind and enable appropriate technical assistance and teaching via learning improvement programs. Appropriately constructed learning evaluations have the potential to have a profound effect on the future direction of our educational policy.
Need to set standards
National Education Policy 2020 envisages the establishment of a national measurement centre, PARAKH (Performance Assessment, Review, and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development). This will be a standard-setting body that will help achieve the objectives of establishing norms, benchmarks, and recommendations for student assessment and evaluation to promote and enhance learning.
PARAKH is being setup in NCERT as a constituent body and will be monitored with inputs from an oversight committee comprising of experts from various fields and organisations.
The rough work section of any exam is the most important and yet least evaluated portion of any test. When we start assessing children not just for results but also for their approach and methodology, evaluation in education can witness new horizons. With this and many more initiatives, the aim of NEP 2020 to move from the rote learning system to comprehensive learning will be realised in due course of time. Hopefully, in the years to come, major assessment-related reforms would lead to discussions by students on how much they enjoy and learn from their assessments instead of fearing or being stressed by them.

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