The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has formally junked the continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) scheme for classes VI to IX, being followed in affiliated schools since 2009. Replacing it from the coming academic year, 2017-18, is a new format, ‘uniform system of assessment, examination and report card’ that aims at standardizing teaching and evolution across schools. It will standardize even the report cards, which will now have the CBSE logo.
“The CBSE affiliated schools currently follow various systems of assessment and examination from Class 6 to 9, and issue different types of report cards to their students. Due to disparities in the system, the students of Class 6 to 9 face several problems whenever they migrate to another school. With the family of CBSE schools growing from 309 schools in 1962 to 18,688 at present, it has become imperative to have a uniform system of assessment, examination pattern and report cards for Classes 6 to 8 for ease of students and other stakeholders,” states the circular.
For classes 6 to 8, schools have been asked to conduct two exams of 80 marks each in two terms, with 20 marks each for periodic assessment. The board has asked schools to introduce co-scholastic activities like work education, art education and health and physical education, and students can be evaluated between A to C on the basis of their regularity, sincerity, participation, and output. The co-scholastic scaling will be on 3-point grading scale. Students will get grades from A1 (91-100) to E (32and below).
The format changes in Class IX where the report card will have scores of a single yearly term comprising a periodic test, notebook, subject enrichment and annual examination. The co-scholastic scaling will be on 5-point grading scale.
According to the new format, there will be two terms in the academic year. The written test would hold 90 percent weightage, including 80 marks of the half yearly or yearly exam and 10 marks of the 20 marks set aside for periodic assessment in each term. Each term will be of 100 marks of which 10 marks will be for note book submission and subject enrichment under periodic assessment.
Under the CCE scheme students were assessed based on two term-end ‘summative assessments’ and four ‘formative assessments’ (two each in each terms). Sixty percent of the assessment was pen-paper tests, while 40% formative assessment during the year was continuous evaluation by teachers based on various activities.
Deepshikha Srivastava, Principal Rajhans Vidyalay, Andheri, Mumbai, said that while the school already followed the same assessment structure, there are just some modifications which the Board has suggested. “As per the old system, the previous term’s syllabus was not a part of the exams. But the new guidelines have asked to include significant parts of the previous terms,” she said.
While the half-yearly exams for all the classes from VI onwards will be based on syllabus covered till the exam, the syllabus for yearly exam will have a slightly different format. These exams will increasing cover more of term 1 syllabus, starting with 10% for Class VI, 20% for Class VII and 30% for Class VIII.
Board Chairperson R. K. Chaturvedi said, “This is to gradually prepare the students for Class IX and higher classes where they will have to appear for exams for the entire syllabus. But it will happen gradually.”
The decision was taken after it was observed that as schools are required to follow the NCERT syllabus in the upper primary stage, the authorities considered it important to ensure uniformity in the assessment structure, examination system, and issuance of report cards.