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Advantages of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) in Schools

Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), an education system recently introduced by CBSE, sees its main aim in the overall evaluation of the learners. It was formulated to do away with the exam-centric approach rampant in our evaluation system. The focus of the teaching-learning experience was aimed to be gradually manoeuvred from merely being a means to perform well in examinations, to being a platform of actual learning.

With holistic learning being seen as ‘real’ education, Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) aimed to bring the focus on developing all aspects of an individual’s personality. The cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills of learners, though recognised as vital aspects in learning, had somewhere evaded the exam oriented education system.

Through CCE it was intended to bring these domains to the fore. The learner’s progress was no longer going to be measured by his/her cramming capacity, but would display their development of personality. It was hoped that CCE would do away with the lop-sided view of personality development portrayed through results in the year-end examinations. This evaluation system will allow the learners to enjoy their schooling and learning in a stress-free environment.

Though this educational reform met with criticism from some corners, the CCE has strengths that cannot be overlooked. Learners are tested at regular intervals right from the beginning of the academic year, to identify the learning challenges being faced by them. This information so gleaned, is used to help designing further lessons to help them to improve their performance.

The assessment is aimed at diagnosing the problem areas in the child’s development and not merely his academic results.

A variety of assessment tools are used to gauge the progress of the child on all academic subjects. Words Worth English Language Lab, a digital learning software provides such teaching-learning and practice elements that meet the needs of a continuous and comprehensive analysis of a learner’s progress in the English language. Though not a testing software, this digital learning software provides with ample teaching and practice sessions to help learners and teachers both for year round study. The facility of reports generated in this digital language lab also proves to be beneficial to the teacher.

CCE is child-centric and views each learner as unique. This evaluation system aims to build on the individual child’s abilities, progress and development. That the child should not feel burdened during the learning years, CCE made formative and summative assessments mandatory in all CBSE schools. The learner thus was also benefitted by having to focus on only a small part of the entire syllabus designed for an academic year.