CBSE to introduce Open Text Based Assessment
CBSE will introduce Open Text Based Assessment (OTBA) Concept for classes IX and XI from March, 2014. This concept will be implemented in the final exams as a part of the current academic session. According to the circular dated May 31, the CBSE has revealed that nearly 20 percent questions in a paper will be asked from case studies or text material provided to the students four months in advance.
The OTBA concept will be applicable to all subjects for class IX and only biology, geography & economics for class XI. This concept will help to instill analytical and theoretical skills in the students, thus discouraging memorization.
“An open text-based assessment does not mean students will be allowed to take books to the examination hall. In fact, the board will provide case studies to the school much in advance. About 15-20 per cent questions in the paper will be based on this material,” a CBSE official said, adding that this section will include questions requiring high-order thinking skills and also value-based questions.
“Different modes of assessment should be used to make sure all kinds of learners are catered to. This is the first time that OTBA is being done and we expect schools to play their part well,” the official said.
The students who are now in class IX and XI would be giving their Summative Assessment-II (SA-II) exam based on the new concept. The study material provided by the board will be in the form of visuals, diagram, case study, diagram, cartoon or picture to make it more interesting.
“The teachers are expected to assign the text material received from the CBSE to the students in groups so that they can read, and understand it through discussions, view it from different perspectives, brainstorm main ideas in class or even do further research outside the class. The main objective of introducing this element is to provide opportunities to students to apply theoretical concepts to a real-life scenario by encouraging active and group learning in the class,” a circular sent by the board to all schools read.