The government to issue orders for the implementation of examination reforms in all the secondary schools in the State. government here by agreed the proposal of the Director SCERT, A.P, Hyderabad as mentioned at Para 2 in GO.No.17, and accord permission to the Commissioner & Director of School Education, A.P., and the Director, SCERT for the implementation of the examination reforms as mentioned in GO.No.17 for classes IX and X in all schools in the State i.e. government, local bodies, aided and private recognized schools.
Nature of the question papers and questions
The nature of questions are to be open ending, descriptive, analytic which tests children abilities of thinking, critical analysis, judgments and leads to self expression and away from rote memory. Children must be trained to think critically and construct the answers on their own. Ensuing that learning is shifted away from rote methods and memory oriented, focus on self expression and do away with using of guides and study material and memorizing of answers.
The questions should make the children think and write. The questions should be analytical, application oriented and open ended.
The questions once appeared in public exams should not be repeated.
The questions given in the exercises of the textbook under each unit and lesson must not be given as such. The questions must reflect the academic standards.
i) Academic standards/ competencies to be achieved
The questions in the public exam should be in relevance to the laid down academic standards/ competencies to be achieved in the subjects concerned.
Weightage for the competencies of the subjects shall be developed and blue print/ weightage table prepared and accordingly question papers shall be developed.
Types of test items:
Following are the nature of test items.
Non language subjects (Science, Mathematics and Social Studies)
Essay type questions.
Short answer questions.
Very short questions
Objective type questions – Multiple choice questions.
Languages subjects – Telugu and other Indian languages
Language – English
Objective type questions which are multiple choice in nature.
Questions – Choice
Each question paper may contain internal choice for essay types of questions only.
Questions – Weightage
Blue print will be developed reflecting weightage to the nature of questions and academic standards. No specific weightage to the lessons/ units. Questions may be given from any lesson/ any part of the textbook.
The weightage tables must be kept in view while preparing question papers. Type of questions (essay, short answer, very short answer and objective questions) and academic standard-wise questions (how many marks and questions to each academic standard etc.).
Single answer booklet and no additional papers
It is proposed to give one answer booklet to the students to write the answers since suggestion given for the extent of answer in the form of paras/ sentences/ words. No additional answer papers will be entertained.
Correcting the answer scripts and the facility of revaluation
As the questions are thought provoking and open ended, correction must be done carefully. Appropriate guidelines will be given from SCERT to the teachers along with key for undertaking proper correction of answer scripts.
Transparency in paper correction must be made by way of facilitating for re-counting of the answer scripts if students represent.
Guidelines on examination reforms and for correcting the papers will be framed from SCERT. The children self expression, power of analysis, self writing, application and explanation, argument and representation of their perspective etc. will also form the basis for the correction in addition to subject matter.
SSC Memorandum of Marks
Following are the items represented in the class X public examination memorandum of marks:
Part I:- General information about the student.
Part II:- Grades for the curricular areas i.e. languages and non languages – both internals and externals and over-all grade.
Part III:- Grades for co-curricular activities with qualitative description. Information on the grades and grade point average may also be given on the other side of the memorandum of marks.
The SCERT shall design the training programme for the teachers teaching classes IX and X along with supervisory staff. SCERT develop teacher handbooks on entire process of examination reforms and new textbooks and train the District Level Resource Persons in every subject area for the teachers teaching classes IX and X including supervisory staff in collaboration with RMSA. The RMSA shall meet the expenditure towards developing teacher handbook, conducting training to District Resource Persons and actual conduct of training to the teachers in the field.
Trainings may also be through teleconferences at regular intervals and sharing of good practices, doubts etc.