Effective assessment of students is the key to the success of any education system. With the introduction of series of education reforms the Central Board of Secondary Education is deeply committed to ensure fair and effective assessment of its students which is also feasible, practical and stress free leading to their wholesome personality development. Many steps have been undertaken in this direction, such as introduction of grading, issuing uniform certificates to all the students appearing in Class X Examination irrespective of the fact whether they are assessed by the Board or by the School in Summative Assessment‐II (SA‐II) and conduct of Capacity building workshops.

The Board has in the last few years initiated random collection and verification of the ‘Evidence of Assessments (EAs)’ conducted at school level under Formative and Summative assessments. These ‘Evidence of Assessments (EAs)’ and the marks awarded are verified by the subject experts/moderators appointed and empanelled by the Board at the Regional level. The objective is to assess the ‘Practices of School Based Assessment’. The experts would submit their report on these ‘Evidence of Assessments (EAs)’ vis‐a‐vis award of marks. Their report will help in verifying the school based assessments as well as provide feedback to the Board about implementation of CCE scheme at grass root level. The CBSE will also inform schools on how the assessment can be made more effective.

The schools which will be shortlisted by the Regional Office will be requested to send the Evidences of Assessments (EAs)’ for FA3, FA 4 & SA‐2, of Classes IX Term 2(Session 2012-2013). As far as class X is concerned, schools will send evidences of FA3 and FA4 and photocopies of answersheets of SA2 in case of Summative Assessment under Scheme 1. This material (FA tasks and SA answer sheets) is being collected initially in five subjects: Hindi, English, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. In addition to scholastic assessment, the schools are also being asked to send evidences of co-scholastic assessment.

As was in the first term, in this term in addition to the Regional Office, the Board has appointed certain City Coordinators in different cities where you will be required to send these evidences. In addition to letters, a detailed list of the schools, with the subject & class assigned, names of city Coordinator/Regional Office where these are to be sent will also be displayed region wise on the CBSE website for guidance of schools. ‘Evidence of Assessments (EAs)’ sent to the designated Coordinators should comprise of the performance of five students taken from each of the three categories i.e. top, middle and bottom levels of achievements. Thus, your school, if selected, should be submitting fifteen Evidences of Formative Assessments (FA3, FA4 taken together) and 15 for SAII of Classes IX or X applicable to one subject and one class about which you will be informed by the Regional Officer later.

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT: CLASS X

The school is required to send details about all the FA tasks in the subject as directed by Regional Office which should include the break‐up of marks as well as the parameters of assessment. If the nature of the Evidence of Assessments (EAs) is such that it cannot be posted or transported such as oral testing, seminars, group discussion, models, charts etc. a brief write‐up be prepared by the teacher on the assignment and sent along with marks awarded. The write up should include the details of the task assigned to students individually or in groups as well as the strategies adopted and the parameters used for assessment. The schools should send only such tasks that have been taken into account for arriving at the grades for FA3 and FA4.

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT CLASS IX

All mentioned for Class X apply for Class IX also. In addition as far as FA4 for Class IX is concerned, it must be kept in mind that PSA has replaced the same in the subjects, Hindi or English, Maths, Science, Social Science and accordingly PSA marks only are to be indicated in the EA proforma. For PSA, OMR sheets are already available with the Board; hence no more evidence is needed. However, Evidence for Hindi or English (which has not been counted towards FA4) must be sent. Moreover, if a school has separately also conducted tasks under FA4 and has clubbed them for grading purpose with FA3, evidence of such tasks must be sent under FA3 only.

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

For Summative assessment, the schools will send evidences. The Question Paper used and its marking scheme in the subject for Classes IX and X should also be attached with SA answer sheets (photocopies in case of Class X) irrespective of whether you have used the question paper sent by the Board or your own question paper.

CO‐SCHOLASTIC ASSESSMENT

The students selected will be the same as the ones selected for submission of evidences under Formative and Summative Assessments. In case of co scholastic assessment, please send write-ups, photographs, anecdotal records, Charts, poems, CDs of the performance of these students. A mention may be made about the activities being undertaken for imparting Life Skills, Work Education etc,their assessment parameters, etc.

After you are informed by the Regional Office, please ensure that all the ‘Evidence of Assessments(EAs)’ in the subject indicated by the Regional Officer along with the co-scholastic assessment are sent through speed post or hand delivered (at school’s cost) to the concerned Regional Officer/City Coordinator latest by 30th April 2013. It is very essential, that the checklist for collection of evidences (Annexure II) is packed separately.

It may again be noted that only such schools will be asked for sending Term II evidences, which were not selected for the purpose for term I. Again the Board may ask the low scoring schools of Term I(Schools scoring less than 20) as per feedback report to send evidence again.

In case of any queries kindly contact Mrs. Sugandh Sharma, Addl. Dir/ Associate Professor at 011-23220155 or email at [email protected] with a copy to Director (Academic and Training) at email id [email protected]

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