Key Points of Recommendation “Approach to Assessment” Approach to Assessment (NCF-2023, Section 3.4) in NEP 2020
Approach to Assessment (NCF-2023, Section 3.4)
The aim of assessment in the culture of our schooling system will shift from one that is summative and primarily tests rote memorization skills to one that is more regular and formative, is more competency-based, promotes learning and development for our students, and tests higher-order skills, such as analysis, critical thinking, and conceptual clarity. The primary purpose of assessment will indeed be for learning; it will help the teacher and student, and the entire schooling system, continuously revise teaching-learning processes to optimize learning and development for all students. This will be the underlying principle for assessment at all levels of education. [NEP 2020, 4.34]
Twenty Key Points Summary of Assessment -NCF 2023
1. Shift in Assessment: Assessment in education is moving away from memorization and towards promoting skills like critical thinking and analysis.
2. Purpose of Assessment: Assessment serves two main purposes: measuring student learning and evaluating teaching methods.
3. Three Types of Assessment: There are three types of assessment: assessment of learning, assessment for learning, and assessment as learning.
4. Current Assessment Challenges: Current assessments are often mechanical and stress-inducing, focusing on rote learning.
5. Pressure on Students: Board examinations in Grade 10 and 12 create immense pressure and hinder holistic development.
6. Key Assessment Principles: Effective assessments should measure competencies, be constructive, stage-appropriate, accommodate diversity, provide feedback, and support summation of learning.
7. Types of Assessment: Assessments can be formative (ongoing) or summative (end-of-period).
8. Foundational Stage Assessment: At the Foundational Stage, assessments should be child-friendly, diverse, and not burden teachers.
9. Preparatory Stage Assessment: In the Preparatory Stage, formative assessments help students understand competencies, and various assessment methods are introduced.
10. Middle Stage Assessment: In the Middle Stage, assessments focus on conceptual understanding and use diverse methods, including projects and debates.
11. Secondary Stage Assessment: The Secondary Stage emphasizes comprehensive assessments for deeper subject understanding.
12. Classroom Assessments: Classroom assessments play a crucial role at all stages, helping students learn and adapt their strategies.
13. Summative Assessments: Summative assessments, including Board exams, are important but should focus on higher-order skills.
14. Holistic Progress Card: A holistic progress card provides detailed information about a student’s progress and supports parent-teacher involvement.
15. AI-Based Tracking: AI-based software can help students track their growth and make informed career choices.
16. Assessments for Learning Enhancement: Assessments should be tools for improving teaching and learning.
17. Student-Centric Assessment: Students should actively engage in assessments for self-reflection and development.
18. Diverse Assessment Methods: Assessments should accommodate different learning levels and use various methods.
19. Constructive Feedback: Students should receive constructive feedback to improve their performance.
20. Competency-Based Assessment: Assessments should align with competencies and learning outcomes, emphasizing understanding and application of concepts.
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