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State may discontinue baseline tests for schools from the next academic year

Baseline tests were not conducted in the academic year 2019-2020 as schools did not receive any directives from the state. It is suspected that baseline tests will now be discontinued from the next academic year.

State may discontinue baseline tests for schools from the next academic year
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In 2015, State Education Minister Vinod Tawde, under the Continous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), introduced the 'baseline test' for Standard 2-9, wherein the teachers assured that the children are abreast with the knowledge as compared to their peers. Since 2015, the baseline tests were conducted in the month of August. Tawde had stated that they would conduct two assessments in addition to exams, to evaluate the learning outcomes of students and ensure age-appropriate learning.  

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The exams were conducted for Maths, Science and English subjects and the question papers were the same for every school which was sent from the state. However, this move turned out to be one of the government's 'good move, bad implementation' policy as these question papers were repeatedly leaked on WhatsApp groups.

This was criticised as the government did not seal the question paper while sending it to schools and took the initiative on a casual note. Besides this, these exams have had little impact as the questions were very basic in nature. 

Notably, baseline tests were not conducted in the academic year 2019-2020 as schools did not receive any directives from the state, and now it is said that these tests will be discontinued from the next academic year. The schools will be given the message to assess students as per their protocol. 

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These baseline tests were implemented as students were passed till Grade 8 and therefore some neglected their studies or had a very casual outlook towards it.

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