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Chandigarh schools, JNVs, KVs selected for PISA 2021

Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019

The students will undergo a field trial in 2020 before the final survey in 2021, reports Sheetal Banchariya

After signing a pact with Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for participation in Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA) 2021, Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs), Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) and the schools of the Union Territory (UT) of Chandigarh have been selected to participate in the first phase of the assessment. As PISA is an age-specific assessment of scholastic performance in Math, Science and reading to bring about a change in educational policies of a country, students born between February 1, 2004, and January 31, 2006, will participate in the survey. They will also undergo a field trial in 2020, which will be conducted by OECD. 

“KVs and JNVs have been selected for the first phase solely because they are a part of the central government school system. As we have not participated in PISA for long, managing all the schools across the country at once is difficult. We have selected UT of Chandigarh on a number of factors that includes ease of replicability just like China had selected Shanghai for their first PISA assessment,” said Rajnish Kumar, director, Department of School Education, MHRD. 

“Taking into account the large size of the country and the complexity of the implementation of PISA, the Indian government decided to start with only one region, the Union Territory of Chandigarh. After the implementation of PISA 2021 in this region, it will be easier to expand this assessment to other regions of India, with the ultimate objective of implementing a country wide assessment,” said Andreas Schleicher, director (PISA), OECD. 

Countries participating in PISA are allowed to use the PISA instruments for some specific samples, like grade sample or specific school sample by adding ‘additional national option’ in the assessment. Schleicher says that the Indian government was keen to know about the proficiency levels of students enrolled in KVs, JNVs and hence, they have been added as national options on special requests. 

“No specific curriculum will be designed for the participant schools, but strategic inputs will surely be provided to the students. PISA should not be treated as an assessment of learning but an assessment for learning involving a survey of skills acquired by students at a certain age. It will help us know where we stand globally,” said AN Ramachandra, joint commissioner (Academic), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti. 

“There is a misconception doing rounds that the survey is not in sync with our educational framework. The questions in PISA require students to have basic skills such as problem-solving, reading, calculation and common sense. In the remaining time period, we will familiarise students with the question patterns. We hope for a better outcome in 2021 as compared to 2009 results,” added Kumar.


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