Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation

What is ‘Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation’? (CCE)

Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) refers to a system of School based evaluation of students that covers all aspects of students development.

It is a development process of assessment which emphasizes on two fold objectives. These objectives are continuity in evaluation and assessment of board based learning and behaviourial outcome on the other.

In this scheme the term ‘Continuous’ is meant to emphasize that evaluation of identified aspects of student ‘growth and development’ is a continuous process rather than an event, built into the total teaching learning process and spread over the entire span of academic session. It means regularity of assessment, frequency of unit testing diagnosis of learning gaps, use of corrective measures, retesting and feedback of evidence to teachers and students for their self evaluation.

The second term ‘Comprehensive’ means that the scheme attempts to cover both the scholastic and the co-scholastics aspects of students growth and development. Since abilities, atitudes and aptitudes can manifest themselves in forms other than the written word, the term refers to application of variety of tools and techniques (both testing and non-testing) and aims at assessing learner’s development in area of learning like:

  • Knowledge
  • Understanding / Comprehensive
  • Applying
  • Analyzing
  • Evaluating
  • Creating

The scheme is thus a curricular initiative, attempting to shift emphasis from testing to holistic learning. It aims at creating good citizens possessing sound health, appropriate skills and desirable qualities besides academic excellence. It is hoped that this will equip the learns to meet the challenges of life with confidence and success.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is a tool used by the teacher to continuously monitor student’s progress in a non-threatening supportive environment. It involves regular descriptive feedback, a chance for the student to reflect on the performance, take advice and improve upon it. It involves students’ being an essential part of assessment from designing criteria to assessing self or peers. If used effectively it can improve student performance tremendously while raising the self esteem of child and reducing the work load of the teacher.

Some of the main features of Formative Assessment are listed below:

  • Is diagnostic and remedial
  • Makes the provision for effective feedback
  • Provides the platform for the active involvement of students in their own learning.
  • Enable teachers to adjust teaching to take account of the results of assessment.
  • Recognizes the profound influence assessment has on the motivation and self esteem of students, both of which have crucial influence on learning.
  • Recognizes the need for students to be able to assess themselves and understand how to improve.
  • Build on students’ prior knowledge and experience in designing what is taught.
  • Incorporates varied learning styles into deciding how and what to teach.
  • Encourages students to understand the criteria that will be used to judge their work.
  • Offers an opportunity to students to improve their work after feedback.
  • Helps students to support their peers, and expect to be supported by them.

Formative assessment is thus carried out during a course of instruction for providing continuous feedback to both the teachers and the learners for taking decisions regarding appropriate modifications in the transactional procedures and learning activities.