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Multiple surveys on learning achievement may be a thing of the past

Learning Achievements

Times of India

05-02-2014

NEW DELHI: The days of multiple surveys mapping the learning achievement of school children based on self-created benchmarks could soon be over with the HRD ministry finalizing exhaustive class-wise learning indicators that students from class I to VIII are expected to achieve.

A common practice internationally, in India learning achievement indicators have been finalized for the first time by the National Council of Educational Research & Training. Sources said after the enactment of RTE, there is a strong emphasis on quality and therefore a proper benchmark was needed. It was also done to standardize outcomes so that different surveys do not invent their own standards, a source said.

Achievement indicators have been finalized in eight subjects: English, Hindi, Urdu, Mathematics, EVS, Science, Social Sciences and Art Education. Indicators in case of English, Urdu and Hindi has been fine tuned further to include the milestone a child should achieve in writing, reading, listening and speaking.

Just to illustrate writing indicators, in class I a student should be able to join the dots and complete the name of animals, use proper spacing between letters, words and sentences, form letters of right shape and size, write familiar words and simple phrases. In class II student should know how to write rhyming words and contribute for the school magazine. The contribution should be a drawing in which she gives caption. In class III, a student should be able to take dictation, writes answers for textual questions, write words/sentences paragraphs with the help of verbal/visual clues. Learning indicator level has been gradually increased so that by end of class VIII a student is able to understand the central ideal and locate details in the text, use her critical thinking faculty to read between the lines and go beyond the text, write simple messages, invitations, short paragraphs, letter applications, undertake small projects and use her proficiency in English to explore and study other areas of knowledge through print and non-print media.

In mathematics upto class V a student should develop a connection between the logical functioning of daily life to that of mathematical thinking, understand shapes and articulate their observable properties as similarities and differences among them, should be able to develop own methods of performing operations on numbers (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), estimate outcome of operations on two or more numbers and use it in daily life activities.

A similar exhaustive indicators have been created for other subjects.

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