The Central Board of Secondary Education has dumped the continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) scheme for classes VI to IX, replacing it with the new ‘uniform assessment scheme’, which aims at standardizing teaching and evaluation across schools.
The move is an attempt to ensure a smooth transition of Class X Board exams, which have been made compulsory from the next academic year.
“To make students more confident about facing the Class 10 board examinations when they join the upper-primary stage in Class 6, we have decided to implement a uniform system of assessment, examination pattern and report cards...,” said CBSE chairman R K Chaturvedi.
“With the increase in CBSE affiliated schools from 309 in 1962 to 18,688 at present, a uniform system will ensure easy migration of students within the CBSE schools and also ease their difficulties while seeking admissions in new schools,” he added.
The new scheme stipulates a two-semester system – complete with half-yearly and annual examinations. Under the new system, two periodic tests of 10 marks will also be conducted every semester.
The new report cards for classes VI to VIII will be identical with rows which specify the terms, periodic, notebook, subject enrichment and half yearly/yearly marks scored in each subject and the corresponding grades.
The format will, however, change in Class IX where the report will have scores of a single yearly comprising a periodic test, notebook, subject enrichment and annual examination. The co-scholastic grading will be on a five-point grading scale.
The new scheme too has two terms, but the pen-paper test weightage will be now 90%, which includes the 80 marks of the half yearly or yearly exam and 10 marks of the 20 marks set aside for periodic assessment in each term.
Each term will be of 100 marks of which 10 marks will be for note book submission and subject enrichment (five marks each) under periodic assessment.
While the half-yearly (term 1) exams for all the classes from VI onwards will be based on syllabus covered till the exam time, the syllabus for yearly exams will have a slightly different format.