The Deputy Chief Minister, Govt. of Delhi, Shri Manish Sisodia today chaired a meeting of the Assessment Unit of the Examination Branch, Directorate of Education, Government of Delhi. The meeting was attended by the Director Education, Director SCERT, Additional Director (School and Exam), OSD (Assessment Unit) and assessment unit members.
Speaking on this occasion, Shri Manish Sisodia announced that the Assessment unit is envisioned as a Research & Development team of the Education Department of Delhi Government. This unit is expected to drive the pedagogical and assessment reform in the schools of Delhi Government and develop as a center of academic reform for the country.
Currently this unit will be responsible for creating high-quality assessment tools, analyzing student answer sheets to develop insights into students understanding and misconceptions and learning gaps, and recommending interventions to improve learning outcomes. The unit will engage with assessment agencies and education experts to build high end technical capacity in tool development, data analysis and reporting.
The Deputy Chief Minister remarked that the “what is tested in exam heavily influences what teachers teach and student learn in the classroom” and hence “examinations that test students on higher-order skills instead of facts will encourage teaching that enables conceptual learning”. He also asked the officials of the Education Department to review the practice of prescribing monthly completion of syllabus to semester wise syllabus. Further, the leanings from Chunauti 2018 should feed into determining the learning trajectory of students in different grades so that the wide gap among students in same grades can be bridged as far as possible and each child gets an opportunity to excel.