Student learning assessment helps in evaluating the teaching-learning transactions and their quality. EQFI designs and implements assessment tools for individual projects in subjects like Maths, Science, Environmental Studies and languages (Hindi, English, Telugu, Urdu etc.) for students in classes 1 to 10. These are designed and based on national standards and state prescribed curriculum to address all skills and competencies in every subject.
The tools are a combination of multiple choice questions and closed and open-ended questions. These assessments are conducted twice in an academic year (baseline and endline), and are diagnostic in nature to help focused interventions enhance student learning.
EQFI reports on assessment of learning outcomes are research studies in themselves as each project is analysed in detail to ensure that any gaps in learning are addressed and understood by the organisations assessed.
EQFI conducted the following assessment studies to enhance diverse skills in students:
The curriculum and prescribed textbooks of selected schools were studied in order to prepare for the assessment. The objectives of National Curriculum Framework 2005 and the NCERT syllabus/ curriculum were the basis for designing the questions. Subject competency/ skill areas were identified in selected subjects and a blueprint of the question papers was prepared.
Experts and practicing teachers were invited to participate in a workshop to prepare the questionnaires. Questions were designed on the basis of the blueprint. The items of assessment were reviewed and modified keeping in view the validity, reliability and difficulty levels for the same.
EQFI has assessed the learning levels of 1,01,823 students from 422 schools.