The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is soon to begin grading and ranking its affiliated schools, based on the Schools’ academic and administrative functioning and its prevailing state.
Delhi’s CBSE representatives are currently training the City School principals to prepare them for the accreditation process. The first training session was at Pragya Girls School, held on 21 December, 2014.
The ranking of institution will not be a part of accreditation of schools, accreditation will only certain that the school has reached the prescribed qualitative standards, pre-set by the accrediting agency, which is CBSE.
The pre-decided parameters to assess the Schools quality are - student’s Success and achievements, Curricula, Faculty, Teaching, learning and transaction, Leadership & governance , Assessment and Evaluation Practices, Health & Safety, Innovation, Contribution to community.
Bhavana Pujari, Principal of Pragya Girls School told that the trainers have shared 3 of the total 7 main components of the process of accreditation. The 3 are - scholastic, co-scholastic and infrastructure.
More than 60 domains have been set upon which schools are to be evaluated by CBSE Officials. She informed that each school shall have to complete its process of accreditation within 3 following years.
The various parameters on which board will assess schools include 3 levels. In the first level, self- inspection has to be made by the school management themselves, to judge their standard.
Then, second level would include a peer review done by committee of peers of the other schools and colleges to again to point and judge that school’s standard.
Finally, a specialized agency will then follow up the practices and evaluation of these 2 levels.
The Trainers informed that the accreditation process will neither compare schools nor will it rank them on any basis.