Government to conduct National Achievement Survey in 2018

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The Central Right To Education rules have been amended to include a reference to class-wise, subject-wise learning outcomes.

Progressing with the same idea, the output for language classes such as Hindi, English and Urdu and Mathematics, Environmental Studies, Science and Social Science up to the elementary level have been defined and shared with the States and the Union Territories (UT) to leverage better understanding. 

This will also help lay the guidelines for States and UT’s establishing appropriate learning standards for children.

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The learning evaluation will be as per the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) developed outcomes which are based on their periodical and national surveys of learning achievements for children in III, V, VIII and X standards.

So far four rounds of National Achievement Survey (NAS) have been conducted for class V and three rounds for classes III & VIII. These surveys give an insight into the learning achievements of the students in various subjects.

From 2018, the Government has also decided to conduct a National Achievement Survey with the district area as its sample base.

The student’s assessments will be aligned with the NCERT evaluations. Within the Centrally sponsored scheme of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), the State Governments and UT Administrations are supported on several occasions in order to enhance their teaching standards.

These include regular in-service teachers’ training, induction training for newly recruited teachers, recruitment of additional teachers for improving student-teacher ratio, educational support for teachers through block and cluster resource centres, Maths and Science kits, Lab equipment, specialised teaching for better learning, ICT facilitated schools, introduction of vocational education component at the secondary level and activities under ‘Unnati’ project for developing English language skills.

Apart from this, the Central Government also supports States and UTs on early grade reading, writing & comprehension, and early Mathematics programmes through a sub-programme of SSA ‘Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat’ (PBBB) in classes I and II.

The Government has also launched Rashtriya Aavishkar Abhiyan (RAA) programme on 9th July 2015 as a subcomponent of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), to motivate and engage children in the age group 6-18 years in science, mathematics and technology through observation, experimentation, inference drawing, model building, etc. both through inside and outside classroom activities.

This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Upendra Kushwaha today in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

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