HT Correspondent,Mar 10, 2015,

Source:Hindustan Times

STUDENTS LEARNING LEVELS WERE FOUND TO BE DECLINING AFTER THE NO-DETENTION POLICY

MUMBAI: Baseline tests measuring the skills and abilities of students could be introduced by the state government from the upcoming academic year across schools.

Officials from the education department are mulling over conducting such assessments for students from Classes 1 to 8, since students learning levels were found to be declining after the no-detention policy.

According to officials from the education department, the decision was taken after a meeting of senior education officials last week. An external agency might be roped in to conduct the assessments.

Tests will be conducted depending on the class that the child is studying in. It will test different abilities and learning levels of children from various age groups.

“We found that schools have misinterpreted no-detention policy to do away with exams altogether,” said a senior education official requesting anonymity from the department. “Therefore, we felt a need to come up with some sort of way to measure whether students are learning or not.”

La s t ye a r i n Ju l y, the Maharashtra State Council of Educational Research and Training under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan had conducted baseline tests for students from Class 9.

An alarming 64% of students failed in Mathematics, 35% students in English and 30% in Marathi. The students scored less than 35% in these subjects. These students were in Class 6, when the no-fail policy was introduced in 2010.