Assessment for Improving Learning in Schools in India : A perspective

Assessment for Improving Learning in Schools in India : A perspective

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Assessment for Improving Learning in Schools in India : A perspective

Teaching for successful learning cannot occur without high quality assessment. Assessment, therefore, needs to be integrated with the process of teaching and learning. The greater the integration the better the outcomes of learning. Assessment has to be so designed that it can be used as a powerful means of influencing the quality of what teachers teach and what students learn. While doing so, special care must be taken to ensure that it is humane and it enables thelearner to grow in to a responsible and productive citizen.Assessment refers to collecting information on the progress of students’, learning using a variety of procedures, and evaluation refers to making judgements on the basis of the information collected. The process and purpose of assessment should shift from merely assigning grades/awarding marks to include constructive feedback and assist with the learners’, improvement. Learner-centred teaching should also use assessment as a part of the learning process.In the Indian education system, the present trend in evaluation lays too much emphasis on scholastic aspects, ignoring co-scholastic ones. Memorisation of facts is given precedence over abilities and skills involving higher mental operations such as problem solving and creative thinking. In effect, the real potential of the child is not assessed. The proposed paper will suggest methods of making assessment continuous and comprehensive in the Indian context.

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