In the last academic session, i.e., 2017-2018, the assessment structure in CBSE class 10 was remodeled where the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) was replaced by the mandatory board exams. Similarly, for classes 6-9, the board asked to assess students on the basis of annual exams instead of dual assessment format (Summative Assessments I and II).
Teachers and parents had mixed reactions about the changed exam pattern. Some called it a good decision by the board as one standard exam all across the country will help a student realise his/her level among others whereas some others seemed to be unhappy with the board’s decision as it required students to prepare the whole year’s syllabus for the final exams which was thought to be a burdensome. All through the various positive and negative reactions of the stakeholders, the new assessment pattern was implemented in class 10 according to which board exams are being conducted successfully for the session 2017-2018.
Again the new session, 2018-2019, is about to start when students will be entering into the new classes. Once again there will be discussions about the changed pattern. Though the new pattern will work for next few years until the concerned authorities introduce any further changes, everyone must be aware of the pros and cons of the current assessment pattern and the one practiced before it.
Current Assessment Pattern
Under the current assessment pattern, students have to focus on one final annual exam. Each paper carries a total of100 marks with 80 marks component for board examination or final examination and 20 marks component of Internal Assessment (IA). Here, we are discussing about the advantages and disadvantages of the current assessment pattern.
Old Assessment Pattern
The previous assessment pattern which was based on the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) focused on the overall development of a student. It focused both on the academic as well as non-academic skills. It consisted of four formative assessments conducted quarterly and two summative assessments conducted half yearly. This system again had both merits and demerits as discussed below:
No system can be perfect which is able to satisfy the contemporary population. Every system will be posed to continuous amendments to make it better.
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