Indian Learners, Own Academy follows the programme of continuous and comprehensive Assessment. This programme imbibes two kinds of assessments- formative and summative. Formative assessment reports are given periodically, four times in a year for all the students from KG to grade 12, whereas summative assessments are based on pen and paper test conducted twice in a year for the students of grade 3 onwards.
We are dispensing with weekly recapitulation tests as they were looked at as exams, which became an unhealthy yardstick of comparison among learners for not only parents and teachers but also for students. These periodic assessments should be comprehensive not just a race for marks obtained in snapshots of tests.
The idea of formative assessment is to know and gauge learning of students comprehensively. This kind of assessment guides teachers about grey areas in understanding of students and to improve pedagogy to improve teaching and learning process and to accelerate it.
Another reason behind the discontinuation of weekly tests is that we were not able to assess the learning of the students immediately after finishing the topic as per expected learning outcome, to take remedial measures. At times considerable portion was given for the test which caused stress to parents and anxiety to learners. Now onwards, learners and parents, both should be aware that whatever is taught is bound to be tested after finishing the topic so learners should be earnest in studies.
Students should not have the feeling of pass and fail but should become aware that which concept could not be understood, analysed, and applied by them. The assessment should be non-threatening and enjoyable. Students must be measured for learning. The new system of “EXIT PASS” will subject them to a recapitulation of the lesson in an informal manner after each lesson. Half of it would be objective and half subjective. Students will be given a printed paper, which will have sufficient space for the answer. It will automatically be generated after finishing the lesson, so no prior information need to be given.
This system is expected to make learners independent. They should be responsible for their own learning, rather than becoming dependent on parents or tutors for explaining the lessons. They are expected to be attentive in the class and to clarify their doubts with the teachers alongside. Subject teachers would be the real facilitator of learning and the credit of good results will go to the teacher and taught only. This will encourage learners to do the research on the topic and to make beautiful graphic designers or recap sheets for their portfolios to revise the topic on one glance.
Another added advantage would be that only one lesson would be tested at a time and if results are not found satisfactory the lesson can be taken up once again. There will not be a single lesson which is taught and not assessed, which is bound to improve our results. Besides the exit pass the other type of assessments like quality of written work, participation in class, art of questioning and group work, project work, portfolios, power points, reading and practical skills, quizzing, interviews, discussions, surveys, research work etc. will also be taken into consideration.
Students participation in school programmes and events and at interschool or country level will also form a part of this assessment. All those students who will take part in inter house and inter school competition will be awarded extra points.
This model will surely relieve parents from taking up lessons with their children. If children are not able to perform, the responsibility will lie with the student and the teachers. But a very important part which parents are expected to play is to sign each Exit pass and to file it properly for the revision of students for summative examination or to clarify doubts and to discuss the progress of their wards during parent teachers’ meetings. It is requested that parents should compare these assessment record with the previous assessment records of the child and not with any sibling or another student at school or in any other school.
With the cooperation of staff, students, and parents we expect to make learning an enjoyable experience.