The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to let go of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system for grades 6 to 9 and introduced a new system that will be in effect from the academic year 2017-18.

The new structure uniform system of assessment, examination and report card, aims at standardising teaching and evaluation across schools and benefit students who often migrate from one CBSE school to another.

CBSE, which is affiliated with 18,688 schools pan India, said it was imperative to have a uniform system of assessment, examination pattern and report cards for classes 6 to 9 for ease of students and other stakeholders involved.

“With the increase in CBSE affiliated schools from 309 in 1962 to 18,688 at present, a uniform system will ensure easy migration of students within the CBSE schools and also ease their difficulties while seeking admissions in new schools.”

– R K Chaturvedi, CBSE chairperson

Addressing the change, CBSE released a circular that said, “While keeping in view the provisions of Right to Education Act, 2009, the scheme for classes 6 to 9 has been designed on term assessment basis with gradual increase in learning assessment as the students move forward. This would prepare the students to cover the whole syllabus of the academic year and face the challenge of class 10 board examination, and would thus, ensure the quality of education.”

The uniform system of assessment looks like this –

To view the full circular, you can click here

Under the CCE scheme, students were assessed based on two term-end summative assessments and four formative assessments. 60% of the assessment was pen-paper tests, while 40% formative assessment during the year was a continuous evaluation by teachers based on various activities.

The new scheme too has two terms, but the pen-paper test weightage will be now 90%, which includes the 80 marks of the half yearly or yearly exam and 10 marks of the 20 marks set aside for periodic assessment in each term.