The program covers the school curriculum of the following subjects for the classes VIII, IX and X :
- Sciences (Physics; Chemistry; Biology)
- Social Studies
The course will commence in July and will continue till the student appears for his/her final examinations at school for the academic year.
The CCE (Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation) system introduced by CBSE is designed to evaluate students on:
- Scholastic Skills: Summative Assessment (60%) and Formative Assessment (40%)
- Co-Scholastic Skills: Behavioral
Also, CBSE has introduced questions on HOTS (higher order thinking skills) in its curriculum, to test the students on their in depth understanding of concepts.
The introduction of CCE system by CBSE and questions on HOTS are in the right direction, as it means:
- Proper and continuous evaluation of skill of the students
- Less pressure on students
- Overall development of the students
- Focus on in depth understanding of the students
- Consistent and regular performance (in each class)
The, CBSE has introduced Problem Solving Assessment (PSA) for 9th class students. It assesses the life skills relating to Qualitative Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Language Conventions.
The above evaluation system implemented by CBSE focuses on overall development of the students. Excelling in such a system, requires more than rote learning of concepts. It is imperative that a student does well in such a system as it would mean that the student not only succeeds in his examinations but will also be a successful student in true sense.
The Changes in the Assessment for IX and X classes CBSE Examinations
In classes IX and X:
- It is mandatory for a student to write both the Summative Assessments SA1 and SA2.
- A student has to obtain 25% of marks in both SA1and SA2 taken together.
- So, a student has to get a minimum score of 15 marks out of 60 marks in Summative Assessments.
- And a student has to obtain a total of 33% of marks in each of five subjects as per the present rules.
As there is more importance for Summative Assessments, a student has to concentrate in each of five subjects and each of SA1 and SA2. The teaching methods which followed here (T.I.M.E.), help the students to gain good scores in all the exams that they face.
Open Text-Based Assessment (OTBA):
- Keeping in view their own recommendation that multiple modes of assessment be provided to cater to the varied abilities of individual strengths of learners, the CBSE has decided to introduce an element of Open Text- Based Assessment for classes IX and XI in March, 2014 Annual Examination.
- It will be introduced for class IX in Annual Examination to be held in March 2014 as a part of SA II.
- The assessment will be considered as 15 to 20% in all the main subjects and may also include the Value Based Questions (VBQ).
- Few months before the commencement of SA II, CBSE Schools will be supplied with textual material, in the form of an article, a case study, a diagram, a concept/ mind map, a picture or a cartoon, problem/situation based on the concepts taught to students during the second term.
- The questions may test the students in their subjective, creative, open ended and higher order thinking skills.
- The textual material sent to schools earlier will be printed again as part of the question paper and thus will be available while answering the questions.
OBTA is designed
- to provide a bridge between 'Theory' and 'Practice' for the students.
- to inculcate the habit of active participation of the students.
- to provide opportunities to students to apply the concepts learnt in the class to real life situations.
- to bring out innovative ideas/suggestions from the students.
- to learn finding proper solutions to situational problems
Material Description: The list of the material (number of copies) for the classes 8, 9 and 10 is as follows:
Class 8: 6 study material booklets and 147 test papers.
Class 9: 6 study material booklets and 132 test papers.
Class 10: 6 study material booklets and 141 test papers.
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