Tuesday, May 8, 2012

CBSE Says No to External Board Exam for Class X in 2013 and onwards.

CCE(Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation) was a new concept that was introduced by CBSE a few years back, which made the board examinations optional for the students of class 10th. It allowed an option for the students to choose between the board exams and the school based exams.
Last year, very few students opted for the school-based examinations conducted in March 2011. Around 6 lakh students opted for Board exams from a total of 9 lakh students.
i.e.  only 33% students opted for CCE. This was really a poor response towards the CCE pattern. The main reason behind such could only be because of lack of knowledge among students and parents about the CCE.

What is not CCE?
What is CCE?
What can Schools Do?
Testing/Examining the students in a formal manner every day/week is not CCE.
Assessing students on a continuous basis in a cyclic manner is CCE
Formative Assessment needs to be taken up with discrimination and in consultation with all subjects teachers so that projects of all subjects are not given at the same time.

Excessive homework / assignments or project work is not CCE.

Collaborating of project and research work in groups;
Balancing of projects and assignments across subjects is CCE

Self learning and study skills need to be encouraged through in-class activities.
Project work may be given in groups and the group members need to work in school under the direct supervision of the teacher.

Invoking fear in students in the guise of assessment by the teacher is not CCE.

Integrating assessment with teaching and learning; Balancing the Scholastic Areas with the Co- Scholastic Areas (to encourage students participation) is CCE

Through an interactive classroom, the teacher must engage students in exploring, experimenting and experiencing learning.

Minutely assessing the students for behaviour is not CCE.

Encouraging and motivating students to be positive in their attitude is CCE
School may lay emphasis on Co-Scholastic Areas i.e., Life Skills, Attitudes and Values for personality development.
Giving feedback of the students to the parent from time to time is important.

Believing that Formative Assessment is only meant for students and is not indicative of a feedback mechanism of teachers teaching methodology is not CCE

Reference to the Manuals for Formative Assessment tools for teaching, learning, diagnosis and feedback is CCE.

Uncovering and discovering syllabus is more important than merely completing syllabus in all subjects.

Lack of coordination with other subject teachers resulting in over assessment of the students is not CCE.

Teacher’s judgement when made through an honest and objective appraisal without bias is CCE.

Integrated Projects may be given where subjects are interlinked. Subject teachers should plan and develop the project and assess it together.

Not informing the parents and students about the parameters of assessment is not CCE.

Continuous interaction with parents with regard to the students and progress performance is CCE.

Sessions for parents on CCE; handouts can be given to parents and students; Details of CCE can be mentioned in the schools Almanac/ Diary/Syllabusbooklet.


However, this year the response has been definitely better. Many students preferred to go for CCE then to opt for BOARD in the year 2011-2012.
CBSE is not going to conduct an external examination for class 10 students from March 2013 onwards. The students studying in class 10 in the academic session 2012-13 will have to sit in school based internal examination only.

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