Assessments have become a bad word in our society. At most they qualify as a ‘necessary’ evil. But this needn’t be the case. Assessments for students are like competition for companies – we can regard them as evil and unnecessary – but we also see them as something that allows us to benchmark, that positively eggs us to do our best, and thus can benefit society as a whole. Of course, it may be a while for this view to be more widely accepted.
Much of our negative view of assessments stems, justifiably, from the dreaded ‘Board Exams’. Since the NCF Focus Group paper on ‘Examination Reforms’ deals with this aspect of assessments, we can examine some aspects of Board Exams and the recommendations in that paper.
The author is Managing Director of Educational Initiatives Pvt. Ltd., which provides research based offerings on student learning and assessment. He can be reached at [email protected].