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Assessment of learning V/s assessment for learning
In India, the scheme of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been termed futile and withdrawn. But, the scheme was good since it gave autonomy to the school to link teaching, learning and evaluation.

The CCE scheme was meant to improve classroom processes, which did not happen. Instead, the scheme was blamed that it had led to non-seriousness for studies and students' performance had come down. Once again, we are back to examination-ridden system driven by marks economy and private coaching.

However, in many advanced countries, schools to earn the tag of being progressive are giving 'freedom' to children to become 'active learners' in the classroom along with implementing formative assessment. Schools elsewhere have been making a transition from 'evaluation of learning' to 'evaluation for learning' diagnosis and remediation.

A classroom that is conducive to learning has the social environment should have the norms of honouring each other's efforts, students being courteous and helpful to one another; listening and responding, holds educator and author RJ Wilson.

RJ Wilson, in his book "Assessing Students in Classrooms and Schools", clarifies that both teachers and students need to value their classrooms as little societies they (teachers) have helped create in they must live."

Of course, there should be buzz in the classroom, - the buzz of meaningful classroom activities and learning so that the time-on-learning-task is not lost, maintains Wilson.

There is a need to link freedom with responsibility and collectively setting the ground rules listening to cooperating with one another so that time-on-the learning task gets maximised.

Published by Allyn & Bacon Canada, Wilson's book describes how make assessment a tool to enhance students' learning outcomes. The assessment has to be for learning and not of learning. Moreover, the educational tests and measurements have to be objective, valid and reliable along with being fair.

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