Sunday, September 27, 2009

According to the latest circular by the CBSE,
its schools will have to switch to CCE in Class IX this October.
So from now on, these
students will have to perform well regularly to
effectively reflect what is being taught while they will also have a chance to score on their literary, creative, scientific and aesthetic skills as well as their achievements in performing and fine arts.

The Board has divided an academic year into two terms April-September and October-March. But for this batch of Class IX, the entire assessment will be done in one term. They will have two formative and one summative assessment for evaluating their scholastic performance only. They will be asked to work on projects, do regular assignments and participate in quizzes or oral and visual tests to improve their high order thinking skills (HOTS) and reasoning capability.

The summative assessment will be through a written test to be held in March 2010.

A source in the CBSE committee on reforms said, "The Board will put upquestions on all the subjects on its website shortly. The schools will then have the option to select questions for the test paper.'' The answer sheets will be checked by the teachers according to a marking scheme to be provided by the Board. Those now in Class X will, however, have to sit for the last Class X Boards to be held in 2010.

They will be graded on a nine-point system and the report card will show the formative and summative assessments of the second term. The report card will be based on a model format provided by the CBSE. When these students complete Class X in 2011, they will be given a CCE certificate on pre-printed stationery provided by the Board. Certificates completed by the schools will require the signature of a Board official.

For admission to Class XI, the circular clarifies, "the CCE certificate will be relied upon. It is also recommended that some amount of weightage be assigned to the co-scholastic aspects, especially life skills and excellence in sports, for allotting subjects in Class XI.'' The circular mentions thatthe optional aptitude test, scholastic performance and co-scholastic achievements need to be given weightage for admission in Class XI.

There will, however, still be a written/online external exam to be conducted by the Board for students wanting to change their school after Class X, those switching to any other board or the ones going for a vocational course. The circular added that, "Those students who wish to assess themselves vis-a-vis their peers for self-motivation will be allowed to appear in an on-demand (pen-and-paper/online) proficiency test.''

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