Qualitative Aspects & Types of Test Items: Government of Andhra Pradesh, School Education Department has given the GO.82 on 29th October 2015 for Implementation of Examination Reforms for Classes VI to IX from the Academic year 2015-16 and for class X from the Academic Year 2016-17 in fullest extent under for Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation(CCE) pattern of the examination system.
G.O.MS.No. 82 Dated: 29.10.2015: Reforms in Exam System – CCE Exam Pattern System – Implementation of Examination Reforms for VI to X Classes in AP Schools and Role, Responsibilities in Implementation of VI to X Classes Exam Reforms and Exam Reforms Schedule, Papers, Marks, Weightage and Exam Duration and Curricular, Co-Curricular Areas, FAs, SAs Assessment Procedure in Exam Reforms details are provided in the previous posts and here Qualitative Aspects, Types of Test Items, Grading in VI to IX Classes Exam Reforms details as follows.
Nature of the question papers and questions:
1. 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. Ensuring 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.
2. The questions should make the children think and write. The questions should be analytical, application-oriented and open-ended.
4. The questions once appeared in public exams should not be repeated.
5. The questions given in the exercises of the textbook under each unit and lesson must not be given as such. They are only suggestive. The questions must reflect the academic standards.
Academic standards/ competencies to be achieved:
1. The questions in the public exam should be in relevance to the laid down academic standards/ competencies to be achieved in the subjects concerned.
2. 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:
1. Following are the nature of test items.
A) Non language subjects (Science, Mathematics and Social Studies)
1. Essay type questions.
2. Short answer questions.
3. Very short questions
4. Objective type questions – Multiple choice questions.
B) Languages subjects – Telugu and other Indian languages
1. Reading comprehension o Writing
2. Creative expression o Vocabulary
C) Language – English
1. Reading comprehension o Vocabulary
2. Creative writing o Grammar
3. Objective type questions which are multiple choice in nature.
Questions – Choice:
1. Each question paper shall contain internal choice for essay types of questions only. Qualitative Aspects & Types of Test Items
Questions – Weightage:
1. The blueprint will be developed reflecting weightage to the nature of questions and academic standards. Questions shall be given from any lesson / any part of the textbook transacted in the specified period, without giving specific weightages to the lessons/units in relation to the design of the question papers.
2. 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.).
Procedures for Recording and Monitoring of Assessment Data:
1. Children performance should be recorded in the form of a cumulative record. This record contains continual aspects i.e., Formative Assessment – Evaluation during instructional process, periodicity of aspect i.e., Summative Assessment – Evaluation at the end of term. All-round development of the student personality in scholastic, co-scholastic aspects to fulfil evaluation is a comprehension one.
2. SCERT should develop model of cumulative records which should be supplied to all schools by SSA, RMSA to record students’ performance at Primary and High School levels separately. Proper guidelines required to maintain such Records and Registers should be given.
3. Specific Records and Registers should be maintained by the teacher as well as school. SCERT take responsibility to design such models keeping in view of data requirements of SSA and other educational agencies. This avoids repetition of work.
4. SCERT should develop software for online monitoring, HMs should take responsibility to post student wise performance in an online format.
5. SCERT open Call Center- toll-free number – will help all managements and institutions for smooth functioning.
Marks based Grading:
1. The marks based grading for classes VI to X with following range is given hereunder.
|Grade||Marks in Languages ( 100 M)||Marks in Non-Languages ( 50 M)||Grade Points|
|A1||91 to 100 marks||46 to 50 marks||10|
|A2||81 to 90 marks||41 to 45 marks||9|
|B1||71 to 80 marks||36 to 40 marks||8|
|B2||61 to 70 marks||31 to 35 marks||7|
|C1||51 to 60 marks||26 to 30 marks||6|
|C2||41 to 50 marks||21 to 25 marks||5|
|D1||35 to 40 marks||18 to 20 marks||4|
|D2||0 to 34 marks||0 to 17 marks||3|
Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) will be calculated by taking the arithmetic average of grade points.