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CBSE remodels assessment structure

In December last year, the CBSE announced its decision to make board exams mandatory taking away the option a school based exams. "Consequent upon the decision taken by the governing body of the board, the dual scheme of examination for Class X shall stand discontinued for students appearing in class X from academic year 2017-2018 and onwards," said a circular issued by the board.

According to the new structure, the board examinations will carry 80 marks and internal assessment would carry 20 marks. In the current format, the weightage is 60:40. The students will be tested for the complete syllabus in the theory papers. Students are now required to score 23% marks in the board exams. 

For the internal assessment, three periodic written tests will replace the four formative assessments. The schools will have to conduct three periodic tests in each subject and average of the best two tests would be taken for final marks submission. "The three tests may be held as one being the mid-term test and other the two being pre-mid and post mid-term with portion of syllabus cumulatively covered. The gradually increasing portion of contents would prepare students acquire confidence for appearing in the board examination with 100% syllabus," said the circular.

In addition to the written tests, five marks each will be designated to notebook submission and subject enrichment activities which could include tests like reading and listening, laboratory activities and practical work, and projects. The board has included discipline as a grade subject and students will be marked on attendance, sincerity, behaviour and values. This will be an addition to the other co-scholastic subjects like work education, art and health and physical education. Students will be graded on a five point scale (A-E). The structured will have to be replicated for class VI to IX.