To assess the learning levels of the children according to the learning outcomes developed, NCERT will conduct a National Achievement Survey (NAS) on census basis for the year 2016-17. The survey will be conducted for the students of classes 1 to 8 of Chandigarh schools.
The Union ministry of human resource and development (MHRD) sent the guidelines to the UT administration on Friday asking for feedback. The learning gaps will be identified at the school level to provide feedback to students and schools. A framework for interventions will be developed and implemented for improving teaching and learning in the schools.
For classes 1 and 2, students’ abilities in two subject areas - language and mathematics - will be assessed based on the learning outcomes specified for the grades. Testing in these classes will be mostly oral and at some places supported with written work. The class teacher will administer a test with 20 questions to each student individually, and randomly from the pool of items measuring specified learning outcomes of both the subjects.
For classes 3 and 4, students’ abilities will be assessed in three subject areas - language, mathematics and environmental studies. In language, assessment will focus on reading comprehension only.
The language test will be administered in the medium of instruction in the state/UT. There will be a single test booklet and it will contain a total of 45 multiple-choice items, 15 from each subject with four alternatives. There will be 30 unique and 15 anchor items in each test form.
For classes 6 to 8, students’ abilities will be assessed in four subject areas - language, mathematics, science and social science. In language, assessment will focus on reading comprehension in the language in Chandigarh.
In order to administer the survey, three monitoring teams from the local Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) unit will be constituted to observe the activities at the district, block and school level. State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) will coordinate, conduct, monitor and report the survey activities here.”
During the survey
Deputy director school education (DSE) Chanchal Singh said MHRD has sent certain guidelines suggesting pre-survey activities, during-survey activities and post-survey activities, on the basis of which we are to send the feedback.
The guidelines to conduct NAS is divided into four parts test development, training and test administration, data collection, analysis and report generation and intervention measures for improving learning in the schools
It will also cater to an inclusive system and the interests of the children with special needs will be kept in mind for the activities to be conducted.