In a move to replace conventional learning exercises, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) has come up with an evaluation system which will allow students to appear in their terminal examinations (summative assessment) as many times as they wish.
According to the officials, the system called Learner Director Evaluation System (LDES) is based on the concept of video games, where the player can play till he wins or is satisfied with his performance.
The officials also informed that LDES has been specifically framed in line with the Central Board of Secondary Educations (CBSE) Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system.
While CCE primarily aims at evaluating students on the basis of practical assessments, the two summative assessments are still being made with the conventional paper-pencil pattern. Our idea of launching LDES is to make learning fun and to provide students with the ability to test their level, said KVS Assistant Commissioner M S Chauhan.
With the option of reappearing in the tests, the tendency to cheat in the examinations is likely to go down since they will now know that they will get the opportunity to revisit tests, said another KVS official.
LDES will carry question banks for all subjects and the students will be provided with the results immediately after the test.
In the first phase, the project will be launched in all the Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) in the northern region for students of Class I to VIII. The pilot testing project will be launched for evaluation in mathematics in April, when the new academic session begins.
In the second phase, the system will be launched for all subjects and it will be accessible on the KVS website. LDES has been developed by a team of 25 teachers working across KVs in the northern region. These constitute computer science teachers and subject experts.
As per officials, the concept had initially led to concerns among the teachers. When the idea was coined, a lot of teachers raised concerns over correction of test papers. However, they are now convinced with the fact that corrections will be made automatically. The teachers will only have to maintain final records, said Chauhan.