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Wilson's book 'Assessing Students in Classrooms and Schools' shows way to make evaluation to activate learning
In India, the scheme of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) has been termed futile and withdrawn. But, the scheme was good since it gave autonomy to schools and link teaching, learning and evaluation, I feel. However, the CCE scheme was meant to improve classroom processes, which did not happen.

However, in many advanced countries, the 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 to undo the fear of examination.

 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, the 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 objective, valid and reliable along with being fair.

If the CBSE and the affiliated schools were guided by the book and implemented the CCE properly, we would have never blamed the scheme to have induced non-seriousness for studies and brought down students' performance. Once again, we are back to examination-ridden system driven by marks economy and private coaching.

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