CBSE launches Competency Based Assessment Framework

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has launched a competency-based assessment framework on March 25, 2021.

Key facts

Assessment framework was launched for classes 6-10 for three subjects namely, English (reading), Science, and Maths. This framework is a part of “CBSE Competency Based Education Project” which was launched to replace existing “rote learning model” in accordance with the new National Education Policy (NEP) in next 2-3 years.

How this plan will be implemented?

CBSE had collaboration with British Council and three agencies from UK namely Cambridge, NARIC and Alphaplus. These agencies are helping CBSC to the objectives envisaged under the plan. This Assessment Framework is the basis for larger project exercise which is underway. Under the exercise, 40 assessment designers, 180 test item writers and 360 master trainer mentors are being trained to use assessment framework. It will help in create model question bank and several ideal lesson plans.

First Phase of Assessment

Under this phase, Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas and private schools across India will participate in the programme. The programme will be rolled out to all 25,000 CBSE schools across India by 2024.

New National Education policy 2020

The Education policy 2020 envisages a significant shift in education ecosystem across India. It aims to prepare students for 21st century. The policy lays emphasis on competency-based education instead of education which tests rote learning. The policy was approved by Union Cabinet on July 29, 2020. It outlines the vision of India’s new education system by replacing the National Policy on Education, 1986. Policy is a comprehensive framework for elementary education, higher education and the vocational training across rural and urban India.




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