NCERT Wants to Monitor Progress by Using a Holistic Progress Card

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The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has asked states and Union territories to implement the Holistic Progress Card (HPC) under the National Education Policy 2020 for multidimensional progress monitoring of students up to class 8 this year, officials familiar with the matter said. The HPC is a comprehensive assessment tool developed by PARAKH (Performance Assessment, Review and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development), a national assessment centre under the NCERT.

PARAKH has developed the HPC for the foundational stage of classes 1 and 2, the preparatory stage of classes 3 to 5, and the middle stage of classes 6 to 8. The card takes into account feedback from peers, parents, and self-assessment of students to track their progress in different domains throughout the year. The NCERT and the Central Board of Secondary Education conducted a pilot of HPC in select schools last year.

PARAKH has so far trained faculty from state councils of educational research and training, teachers from all district institutes of education and training, and 100 teachers from each state as master trainers. “There are around one crore [10 million] teachers and to reach all these teachers will take time,” said Indrani Bhaduri, CEO of PARAKH. “Now, states have to train their teachers with the help of these master trainers.”

The council is also working on digitizing the progress cards. “Many states have started translating HPC into their regional languages. The Hindi translation has been done by Haryana, Chandigarh, and Chhattisgarh. Maharashtra is also doing it in Marathi,” Bhaduri added.

PARAKH is presently working on the framework for classes 9 to 12 as well. The card will document a child’s achievements in different domains, including physical, socio-emotional, literacy, studies, and others, in a year. “We are advocating it for all schools,” Bhaduri said. “Many private schools have approached PARAKH for training their teachers.”

The card will also form an important link between the home and school and will be accompanied by parent-teacher meetings to actively involve parents in their children’s holistic education and development.

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