Friday, December 7, 2012

CBSE plans to introduce Problem Solving Assessment for classes IX, XI

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is planning to initiate a 'Problem Solving Assessment' (CBSEPSA ) for students of classes IX and XI from the second term of the 2012-13 session.
the Board is planning to initiate  a `Problem Solving Assessment’
(CBSE-PSA) for students of Classes IX from the second term of this session 2012-13. 
The features of the `Problem Solving Assessment’ (CBSE-PSA) will be as follows: -  
1. It will be compulsory for all students of Classes IX and carry 90 marks. There will be 60 items of  MCQ type.
2. There is no specific syllabus for `Problem Solving Assessment’ (CBSE-PSA). Itwill assess the
Following areas:-
Quantitative Reasoning
Qualitative Reasoning
Language Conventions
3. The items will incorporate aspects of 21st
Century Skills (Creative Thinking, Decision Making, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Communication) that lead to success at Secondary stage. They wouldbe assessing student’s ability to process, interpret and use information rather than assessing student’s prior subject matter knowledge.
4. The Assessmentin language will contain items that will assess grammar, usage, vocabulary in
context and passage-completion.
5. The items inProblem Solving Assessment’ (CBSE-PSA)will be designed in such a way so as to improve the generic and higher order thinking skills. This will also result in improving scores within the core school subjects.
6. All items will be prepared in Hindi and English.Central Board of Secondary Education, PA to DIR(Trg)/Circulars/2012 July 31, 2012                                                                  
7. The `Problem Solving Assessment’ (CBSE-PSA) willbe done during the month of  January–February 2013 for students of Class IX.
8. The `Problem Solving Assessment’ (CBSE-PSA) will be counted towards FA-4 which is 10% of total assessments of Class IX.  This assessment will also be carried forward towards the FA-4 in Class X.This score will be reflected in one Language (English or Hindi), Mathematics, Science and Social Science w.e.f the session 2012-2013 for Class IX and 2013  – 14 for Class X. The same score will be reflected in FA-4 for class IX and Class X.
9. The students will have the option to improve their PSA Score in Class X, as they can sit for the test with Class IX students of the Session 2013-2014 in January  – February 2014.  The best scores will be reflected in the final certificatein case of those applying for improvement.
10. The schools which have already planned their time table and other details regarding FA-4 will take the best scores ofFA-3 and FA-4 to count towards the total 10%, now available for FA-3
and FA-4 taken together.
11. There will be no separate time tables or periods for teaching or practice of PSA in schools.
Examples of test items  and the Format of the Assessment that might be used in the Problem Solving
Assessment (CBSE-PSA) are attached in the Annexure `A’ & ‘B’ respectively to this Circular. Download

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