: The Central Board of School Education (CBSE) and the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Jammu and Kashmir, all stand ready to collaborate to conduct a national survey of the results (NAS) based on a sample for classes 3, 5, 8 and 10 in Union territory on November 12.
The CBSE will conduct the survey on behalf of the Ministry of Education in the 733 districts of the country.
Relevantly, the survey is a large-scale national-level competency-based assessment conducted with the aim of providing information on students’ learning outcomes in order to have a system-level reflection on the effectiveness of school education in the country.
Giving details, SCERT Director Prof Veena Pandita said the survey will help educational planners, policy makers and researchers understand the interdependence of assessment, the educational process and outcomes. learning in improving the quality of education.
She said the extended school closure following the Covid-19 pandemic has affected student learning in terms of socio-emotional and cognitive development in more than one way.
“NAS 2021 will help us systematically understand the consequences of the prolonged school closures on student learning,” said Professor Pandita. She said the results will help us distinguish student performance in different learning outcomes versus context variables.
SCERT has issued a series of instructions in this regard to conduct the investigation in a methodical manner. Heads of District Education and Training Institutes (DIETs) were appointed District Node Officers (DNOs) who, in turn, were authorized to appoint Field Interviewers (FIs).
Field investigators will sample sections and students in the assigned class in accordance with the procedure and perform other responsibilities in association with the observers.
â€œThe number of FIs to be appointed has been made available on DNO’s connection on the NAS portal,â€ said a SCERT official. He added that the DNOs would issue instructions on how to conduct the investigation, establish protocols, establish training schedules and ensure mandatory declaration at work and participation in trainings organized by the NAS cell, CBSE HQ / DLC.
He said SCERT tasked all head teachers in sampled schools, both public and private, to ensure student participation in the survey.
â€œAll staff in sampled schools should be fully vaccinated against Covid with strict instructions to follow all necessary protocols,â€ he said.
Relevantly, SCERT conducted a survey of classes 3, 5 and 8 on September 30 to identify gaps in student learning caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
â€œThe survey, which was conducted in all districts of J&K UT, served as a dress rehearsal for the NAS that followed,â€ the official said. He added that since the investigation was conducted on lines similar to those set out in the NAS, the task ahead has been relatively simplified.
He further informed that SCERT occasionally distributed unused survey question books to students to familiarize students with the assessment format.
The last NAS was in 2017/2018 to assess the skills of children in levels 3, 5, 8 and 10, however, the next round scheduled for 2020 could not take place due to school closures at the sequel to the Corona virus. .