Details matter: an evaluation of ‘evaluations’

Kannan, Harini (2018) Details matter: an evaluation of ‘evaluations’. Learning Curve (30). pp. 51-55.

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In August 2009, the Indian parliament enacted the Right to Education (RTE) Act which enshrined education from 6 to 14 years as a ‘right’. The Act additionally mandated a variety of ‘requirements’ relating to infrastructure, Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR), curriculum, teacher training, inclusionary education, and the focus of this article – a continuous and comprehensive student evaluation system (CCE). The objective of these mandates was ensuring a ‘quality’ education for children. Amongst the mandates, the introduction of CCE signaled a paradigm shift in India’s public education. Historically, student evaluations have focused on measuring academic knowledge gained by children over the course of a term or year through terminal examinations. These were high- stakes exams, as scores carried a lot of weight in determining whether students were promoted or detained in the same standard. Traditional systems of evaluation were also very narrow in their scope – the focus was primarily on evaluating students on ‘subject’ knowledge and very rarely, if at all on other aspects. CCE on the other hand, was meant to be both continuous and comprehensive: by ‘continuous’ it meant that evaluation of students would be done ‘continually’ over the course of the academic term, and by ‘comprehensive’ it meant that evaluations would not just focus on learning in academic subjects, but also on co-curricular activities and behaviour. The underlying sentiment impelling these changes was that schooling should foster learning, be enjoyable and less stress inducing and focus on the holistic development of a child.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Kannan, Harini
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
Full Text Status: Public
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