Students evaluated throughout the year have better learning ability as compared to those whose performance is assessed once, the Central Board of Secondary Education has found.
The CBSE has introduced continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) for class X instead of board examinations about two years ago with an aim to improve overall learning ability of students, rather than making students cram textbooks just before the examination.
To evaluate its impact, the CBSE conducted a pan India survey on performance of student who opted for CCE instead of the class X board examination and those who appeared for the board examinations.
Of the total 10,61,500 students who appeared in class X board examination in 2010, about six lakh had opted for CCE. The CBSE evaluated the class XI performance of some of these students across India.
“Most of the CCE students had outperformed the board examinees in most of the streams in class XI,” said a senior CBSE official, claiming it to be a first study of its type conducted by the board. The study was done in schools were almost half of the students had opted for comprehensive evaluation instead of annual board examination. Around 64% of the students favoured CCE instead of board examination.
The CCE students have recorded good performance especially in science and commerce streams. The board also found that the overall classroom learning ability of the students who undertook CCE was better. “I think the finding is closer to truth,” said Dr VK William, principal of Mount Carmel School, Anand Niketan.
Dr DR Saini, principal of Delhi Public School RK Puram, felt that CCE improves the students learning ability without causing any stress but evaluation depends on honesty of a teacher. “The board examination was same for all but in CCE the child’s performance depends on a teacher,” he said.
The CBSE had prescribed guidelines on how to conduct CCE in schools but officials admitted lack of clarity among teachers on some of comprehensive evaluation. CBSE in an earlier survey had found 67 % of teachers were finding problems with CCE and more than half of the teachers interviewed had negative perception about the system.