ICSE Internal Assessments: An Internal assessment is a continuous and comprehensive process of evaluation conducted during an ongoing academic session, to promote and facilitate the learning process through an active participation by students with a passive yet advisory role being adopted by teachers.
The main objectives of the Internal Assessment is to:
- Integrate the process of teaching and evaluation.
- Test inherent skills and analytical abilities of students that cannot be substituted by a written examination.
- Enhance the role of a teacher as a facilitator, and make learning an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
- Recognise individual differences and empower both teacher and student to have interactive sessions in improving potential skills of application and organization.
- Consistenly build on existing skills and identify areas where levels of improvement can be undertaken.
- Inculcate a sense of achievement and respond to situations with a positive mindset in a social framework.
- Continuously formulate innovative ideas in a congenial environment.
- Develop and optimise the full potential of individual competencies and provide a platform for a continuous interaction between the teacher and the student.
- Encourage active participation of students in self-assessment of their thinking skills
- Offer students an opportunity to showcase their academic and scholastic skills through varied concepts that have been learnt through internal and external sources.
- Promote Inter and Intra personal skills between students and teachers for effective communication
- Coordinate a teacher’s role as a mentor and guide.
- Adopt a pragmatic and positive attitude to realize higher levels of excellence in all related fields of learning.
Guidelines for the selection of assignments is attributed to the:
- Identification of competency, knowledge and skill levels that is imperative in the selection of an appropriate assignment to facilitate the all-round development of students.
- Selection of an assignment that has a broad range of topics to facilitate students to use imaginative contexts and demonstrate original lines of approach.
- Encouragement of an innovative and ingenious line of thinking from the student’s perspective that enables a creative and analytical response.
- Overall assessment objectives that encompass the concerned subject.
- Easy availability of required inputs / resources that facilitate the assignment progress.
- Reinforcement of existing class room knowledge, while imbibing a scope for future reference / research.
- Achievement of objectives keeping in mind the varying degrees of academic performance.
- Conforming to existing and inherent levels of skill with efforts for further enhancement.
- Encouragement of active group participation that ensures coordination, cooperation and time management resulting in effective team building
Selection of an assignment entails the following:
- The expectations of students in relation to specific benefits that accrue, and the purpose being realized that is essential for future applications.
- The assignment must correlate with classroom teaching, so that the response desired may mutually be beneficial in all aspects, primarily for the student and teacher concerned
- Raising interest levels of students to discover a connection between classroom discussions and self-demonstrated applications.
- To assess cognitive skills through application based methods, and enhance the investigative role of students in the learning process.
- Encourage students in the process of planning the assignment.
- Explore a range of contexts and pupil groupings.
- Identify resources and subsequent tools of preparation needed for the assignment.
- Ensure all possible support and cooperation towards planning and execution of the given assignment.
- Involvement of staff is subject to specific inputs of guidance or supervision that facilitates the successful completion of the assignment.
- Envisage broader concepts and context that can be correlated to other subjects.
- The assignment may be planned as part of normal classroom activity that will enable students to realize the objectives of the assignment in a congenial environment.
- Additional inputs for research, reference, or preparation should be facilitated through extra time required during school hours, or if the need arises after working hours with prior intimation to all concerned.
The usage of multimedia and internet based technology has captured the imagination of the student community, and given the innovative techniques involved it is suggested that the methodology be accordingly formulated or adopted as per needs and requirements of given assignments.
Principles of a good assessment should:
- Influence and inform future teaching and learning process.
- Explore creative and innovative process of thinking, and reflect an independent flow of imaginative ideas.
- Optimise the existing potential skills of students in an environment congenial for growth and development.
- Maintain a continuous and comprehensive progress of students that is aptly supported by a constant feedback to the stakeholder’s involved- students, teachers and parents.
- Motivate students to compliment their talent and skills in efforts to progressively build upon their inherent potential with due acknowledgement.
- Benefit the social set up through an application of social thinking and improving analytical skills.
A criterion for Evaluation involves:
- Relating the evaluation criteria to the learning objectives of the assignment.
- Achieving equilibrium between the final assignment and the procedure undertaken, and use a weightage to reflect the significance of the two.
- Complimenting individual contributions in Group assignments to act as a motivational tool in the successful completion of a given assignment
- Active student participation in the evaluation process to enable a better understanding of the entire process of assessment and thus realize an upgraded level of performance.
- A clear cut demarcation of the evaluation criteria to be implemented with detailed marking schemes that specifies the exact nature of marks/ grades/value points given to elements of a student’s contribution.
- The validity, credibility and reliability of the process to ensure a high level of transparency.
- Qualitative tools and methodologies to be adopted in order to achieve mutual aims and also incorporate changes for further improvement.
- Effective use of methodologies that are sensitive to student psyche and assist in the progressive upgrading of application and analytical skills.
Additional tools / parameters for awarding marks / grades in the Internal Assessment:
English : Grades / Marks may be awarded to students participating in Literary based activities of Debates, elocutions, declamations, quiz, mono-acting, extempore, essay writing, event management, slogan writing etc. that enhance levels of communicative skills.
Second language: All activities that bring about a sound development of inter / intra personal communicative, oral or writing skills may be included. e.g. declamations, debates, recitation, drama, music, essay writing, slogan and banners, etc.
Mathematics: All activities that involve an analytical approach and an aptitude attributed to the demonstration of a flair for numerical and application based phenomenon may be incorporated in the evaluation process. e.g. Quiz, Olympiads, Presentations, Projects, Worksheets, Posters, Charts etc.
Science: Physics, Chemistry & Biology: All scientific based activities related to the mentioned subjects must be included during the period of assessment, with emphasis on participation in science exhibitions, making of live models of projects, quiz & science related competitions, scientific tours and research based activities.
Social Science: History, Civics & Geography: All activities that influence historical and geographical issues may be considered in the process of assessment. Group discussions on famous personalities and their influence on modern day issues, mock parliamentary sessions, interactive sessions on various political agenda’s, tours to historical places and subsequent reports, Awareness of human rights, India and its relations with the world, observation of Climatic changes and their impacts on society, understanding of local mapping, concept of GPRS, GRID reference study.
Economics / Economic Applications: All related issues of economic activities pertaining to application in everyday life may be included for assessment. Comparative study of various markets, namely monopolistic and monopoly. Major Brands of a good or service that has a direct link with customer satisfaction/ or otherwise. Consumer rights and protection measures, Survey through a self-styled questionnaire of leading brands of cell phone manufacturers. A report on India’s major trading partners with statistical details. Various modes of transport with emphasis on usage of public transport. Visit to a nationalized bank and a study of the various forms of credit instruments in use. Learning of internet and E – banking.
Commercial Studies / Commercial Applications: All activities that incorporate financial and commercial study and are applicable in day to day life : Visit to a bank (nationalized / private) Comparative study of brands of consumer products, questionnaires / market surveys undertaken, Study of various commercial activities relating to Product Pricing, Advertising, Public relations , Marketing, Finance, Human resources, Banking etc.
Computer Science / Computer Applications: All application based activities relating to software and hardware management issues, database management and programme designing. Participation in IT based workshops, quiz events, project implementation, web designing, software programming etc may be included in the process of evaluation.
Provision for Feedback:
- A comprehensive and detailed feedback must be provided on the assignment submitted that highlights details of significance.
- The feedback must be framed in a manner that is meaningful, constructive and interesting to the student.
- A continuous and regular feedback must be given to maintain high levels of consistency.
- A morale boosting feedback is always appreciated. Each performance must be highlighted in a positive manner with due emphasis on improvements over previous performance levels and efforts.
- Suggestions / strategies to promote or develop enhanced performances may be communicated in a constructive form that will assist the students in realizing their true potential.
- Positive feedback results in improved standards of not only academic but non- academic activities too.
- Assignments that have high quality in terms of skills and performance must be highlighted and acknowledged in class, for they serve as an effective tool of motivation and also present opportunities for other students to showcase their meritorious work.
General Guidelines for Internal Assessment
- Assignments are expected to be done in class with compilation & presentation of work done under the supervision of subject teachers.
- The project/assignment submitted in Class X by a candidate is to be retained in the school by the Principal for a minimum of 60 days after the declaration of the results. Thereafter the documents may be returned to the concerned candidates.
- The completed assignment is to be presented in a simple folder/exercise books and students may be advised to avoid usage of expensive materials or presentations.
- The teacher and the external examiner may assess the course work on the basis of continuous assessment as decided by the Principal of the school.
- The question papers of the Terminal examination conducted by the Council will be set on all topics of the syllabus. i.e. including the topics selected by the pupils for Project work/Assignment.
ICSE Internal Assessments Subject Wise
- Commercial Studies
- Computer Science
- Economic Applications
- Commercial Applications
- Computer Applications