Open book tests for CBSE from this year----
CHENNAI: Students and teachers of CBSE schools will have to prepare for the long-awaited open book test from this year. The board has decided to evaluate students' analytical and theoretical skills, and encourage them to keep away from rote memorization by allocating 15% to 20% of marks in subjects to questions based on textual material.
This mode of assessment will be applicable to all subjects for Class 9 students and economics, biology and geography in Class 11 in the March 2014 summative assessment 2 or annual exam. The textual material, which could be an article, case study, diagram, problem or situation, will be related to concepts from the syllabus. It will be given to students in December so that they have time to discuss it.
Schools said the new idea would challenge students and teachers. "In any board those who can memorise textbook content stand a good chance of scoring high marks. This will compel students to use their analytical skills," said J Ajeeth Prasath Jain, senior principal of Bhavan's Rajaji Vidyashram. He added it was going to be a different experience for teachers too. "A teacher may be good at covering the syllabus and explaining concepts, but now they will have to change their approach," he added.
Teachers are expected to encourage students to participate in discussions and push them into the practice of critical thinking. Teachers have to initiate discussions to help students view the material from different perspectives, and apply theoretical concepts to real life. "Since real life situations are complex, teachers must be prepared for innovative answers from students," CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi said in a letter to school principals.
Experts said open book tests reduce the burden of recall so students can devote themselves to developing more sophisticated cognitive skills. It is also expected to remove the stress of dealing with exams and eliminate the obsession with marks.