THE CENTRAL Board of Secondary Education ( CBSE), having implemented the "continuous and comprehensive evaluation" ( CCE) model in classes IX and X, is now looking to extend the reform to class XI. A committee, set up especially for this purpose, is working on how and to what extent class XI students can be evaluated through CCE. But with other education boards (both national and state) still not coming around to the idea of examination reforms, the CBSE is treading cautiously and hasn�t yet set a definite deadline to usher in CCE in class XI.
CCE scheme refers to a school- based evaluation of students that covers all the aspects of a student�s development. Under this system, students are assessed on scholastic and co-scholastics, throughout the year, through tools such as unit tests, quizzes, projects, discussions, debates � also called �formative assessment� � and two semester-end examinations known as �summative assessment�. This scheme was announced and subsequently introduced in class X in the middle of the academic session in 2009. Hence, the timing of introduction and the lack of opportunity for students and teachers to understand and acclimatise to the change had drawn flak from several quarters then.
This explains the Board�s extremely cautious approach for class XI, now.
�We cannot replicate the CCE model in class XI exactly, as the syllabus at the higher secondary level is quite intensive and different from the class IX and X syllabi. So the format of �formative assessment�, for instance, in class XI may not be focused on tools such as projects and quizzes, but involve more of multiple choice questions and regular unit tests,� a CBSE official, who did not wish to be identified, said.
�The proposal is still in preliminary stages and we haven�t decided if under the CCE scheme in class XI, students will be awarded marks or grades. Our first priority is to immediately iron out the chinks and stabilise the CCE model in classes IX and X,� the official added. CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi was not available for comment despite repeated attempts.
Though the committee is looking at the feasibility of CCE beyond class XI, the proposal will not touch the method of teaching and examination in class XII. In other words, there are no plans at all to change anything for class XII. �Class XII students will continue to take Board examination and will be awarded marks for quite some time in the future. We cannot tinker with this system, unless the other boards agree to change, too,� the CBSE official said.
�Leaving class XII system untouched is fine, but, reforms should be brought in class XI carefully. Any change should be introduced keeping in mind that our universities still look at the students conventionally and admit them through conventional practices,� Ameeta Wattal, principal, Springdales School, Pusa Road, said in light of the Maharashtra government refusing to admit CBSE students to its junior colleges based on the class X school- based exam.
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