Open text-based assessment for class IX & XI
For the students studying in CBSE schools in the northeast, the Open Text-Based Assessment (OTBA) will begin from the current academic session. The OTBA concept will be assess the skills of Class IX & XI students studying in the CBSE affiliated schools.
A directive issued by the CBSE head office to the board’s regional office in Guwahati said, OTBA will be a part of question papers of five main subjects in the Summative Assessment II of Class lX and in the annual examination of Class XI. The annual examination of Class XI will be held in March next year. However the subjects of Class XI for which OTBA will be implemented are yet to be decided by the board.
CBSE Regional Officer KK Choudhary said, the OTBA section will comprise text material accompanied by two or three questions based on a particular text. The questions in the OTBA section will comprise of Higher Order Thinking Skills that will require the students to apply their learning to the situations given in the article, report or case study and draw inferences or conclusions from there.
CBSE recently issued a directive saying that from the current academic session onwards, in Class IX, the question papers of the main subjects in Summative Assessment II will be of 90 marks each and will include a separate section of 10 marks for OTBA.