Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) instead of “Board Exams” in CBSE Class 10

November 12, 2013

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CBSE has always taken the lead in educational reforms including examination and assessment reform in India.  The earlier board exam was an end of year exam which encouraged cramming for exams and rote-based learning with an obsession to crack exams and study mainly for the sake of getting marks.  The latest reforms include phasing out the board exams for class 10 and having a more wholesome approach to assessments in the form of a combination of pen-and-paper assessments and activity and application-based assessments.   In the last few years, the end of year board exam which became optional is being phased out.   CCE was introduced for all standards/classes and stands for continuous comprehensive evaluation (CCE) which consists of two forms of assessments, formative assessment (FA) and summative assessment (SA).   Formative assessment consists of 3 activity-based assessments (eg. field trip reports, group projects) and 1 pen-and-paper assessment per term and forms 40% of the overall assessment.  Summative assessment consists of a pen-and-paper assessment and forms 60% of the overall assessment.  Instead of board exam marks that students received in their report card in class 10, a 9-point grading system based on CCE starting with A1 (exceptional-91 to 100 marks) grade, then A2 (excellent-81 to 90 marks) and so on is being incorporated.

By phasing out “board exams,” the noble aim is to nurture a student’s love for learning instead of studying or cramming for examination marks at the end of the year.  CCE and grading system is designed to help students to focus on learning and understanding concepts with a comprehensive FA/SA evaluation at the end of each term.  In this way, students will be able to combine theoretical understanding with activity-based applications and will be able to think and apply learning in a meaningful manner.   There have been initial teething issues with CCE, but overall, students, teachers, parents and schools have found CCE to be a far better way to nurture learning with students more actively engaged in the learning process throughout the school year.

CBSE is also introducing an open-book exam-type of evaluation for certain subjects to encourage higher order thinking, research, critical analysis and inquiry-based learning.

Thus, we can say that CBSE as a board is taking the lead in examination and assessment reform with the noble vision of making learning meaningful, joyful and application-based.

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