The survey, which will cover public, private and government-funded schools, will help assess disruption in learning and new learning during the pandemic and help take corrective action.
More than 38 lakhs of 1.23 lakh students from schools in 733 districts across the country will participate in the national achievement survey (NAS) on Friday, according to officials from the Ministry of Education (moe). The survey, which assesses the skills developed by third, fifth and eighth graders, is conducted every three years. The survey was last conducted in 2017 and was scheduled for 2020. However, due to the covid-19 situation, it has been postponed until this year.
While ncert has carried out instrument development, testing, test item completion, school sampling, etc. cbse will perform test administration at sampled schools in collaboration with States and respective Union territories. The survey, which will cover public, private and government-funded schools, will help assess disruption in learning and new learning during the pandemic and help take corrective action.
The survey is expected to cover approximately 1.23 lakh of schools and 38 lakh of students from 733 districts in 36 states and UT. NAS will take place in languages, mathematics and EVS for grades 3 and 5; Languages, mathematics, science and social studies for class 8; and language arts, math, science, social studies and English for grade 10. The test would be conducted in 22 educational materials covering Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Mizo, Odiya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Bodo, Garo, Khasi, Konkani, Nepalese, Bhutia and Lepcha.
Over 1.8 lakh of field researchers, 1.23 lakh of observers, 733 district level coordinators and separate district nodal officers, and 36 state nodal officers in each state and UT have been appointed to conduct the investigation smoothly. 1,500 board representatives have been appointed in the districts to oversee the overall functioning and ensure the smooth running of the investigation. All staff have received extensive training on their roles and responsibilities.
The central board of secondary education (CBSE) has established a national steering committee for the conduct of the NAS. A portal was launched to allow coordination with several key officials to conduct the investigation smoothly. State and district report cards for elementary and middle grades will be published and placed in the public domain.
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