As per the order of the Government which came on September 19, the School Education Department will introduce the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) for classes I to VIII from the next academic year. The decision is taken with a view to help students to come out of the mechanical way of learning and move towards the application based approach.
The decision to introduce CCE is taken on the recommendation of an expert group made by the Directorate of Teacher Education Research and Training (DTERT). As per the sources, the expert group comprised of the former director of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), G. Balasubramanian, heads of government and Matriculation schools and senior officials.
A senior official of the department informed that CCE will also be introduced in classes IX and X from 2013-14.
Presently, CCE is the prevalent evaluation system in all the schools affiliated to CBSE. Under this system, the evaluation of students’ marks is done on the basis of students’ whole year performance and not only on the performance of last term.
Under the system of CCE, students are evaluated through two parameters; Formative Assessments (FA) that are conducted throughout each term and Summative Assessments (SA) that are conducted at the end of a particular term. All the scholastic areas, that is, all the academic subjects and all non-scholastic areas, that is, subjects like arts and sports will come under evaluation. While FAs will be conducted by the class teachers for class participation, SAs will be conducted through a written test.
The FAs will be of 40 marks and SAs will be of 60 marks. The FAs and SAs will be conducted throughout the three terms and the total scores will be converted to grades on a point scale of 10.
According to C. Satish, Senior Principal, R.M.K. Group of Schools, “It is a great initiative. It is the best way to assess students and we see that students do not get unnecessarily stressed around examination time.”
Also, M.Chidambarahari, Advisory-President, Tamil Nadu Graduate Teacher's Association provided his views and said, “A good programme to train teachers should be introduced first. The Department should not introduce the CCE in a hurry before that. Also, the Directorate of Government Examinations or some other agency should act as a monitoring body, to see if teachers have done a fair job of evaluation.”