Hyderabad: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a new assessment scheme for Class 10 and 12 students this year. The board has announced that it will reduce the syllabus, hold examinations twice during the year in different formats, and ensure continuous recording of internal assessment scores in order to have a variety of options to calculate a final score at the end of the year, according to a notification issued on Monday night.

The academic session will be divided into two terms with approximately 50 percent syllabus in each term by following a systematic approach by looking into the interconnectivity of concepts and topics by the Subject Experts. The board will conduct examinations at the end of each term on the basis of the bifurcated syllabus. This is done to increase the probability of conducting classes X and XII examinations at the end of the academic session.

The syllabus for the Board examination 2021-22 will be rationalized similar to that of the last academic session. It will be notified in July 2021. For academic transactions, however, schools will follow the curriculum and syllabus released by the Board. Schools will also use alternative academic calendars and inputs from the NCERT on transacting the curriculum.

Efforts will be made to make Internal Assessment / Practical Project work more credible and valid as per the guidelines and Moderation Policy to be announced by the Board to ensure fair distribution of marks.

The CBSE also said that schools will continue teaching in distance mode till the authorities permit physical mode of teaching in schools. For classes IX - X, Internal Assessment (throughout the year - irrespective of Term I and II) would include the 3 periodic tests, student enrichment, portfolio, and practical work / speaking listening activities/project.

For classes XI-XII, Internal Assessment (throughout the year - irrespective of Term I and II) would include end of topic or unit tests / exploratory activities / practicals / projects.

The board also said that schools would create a student profile for all assessments undertaken over the year and retain the evidence in digital format. CBSE will facilitate schools to upload marks of Internal Assessment on the CBSE IT platform.

Guidelines for Internal Assessment for all subjects will also be released along with the rationalized term-wise divided syllabus for the session 2021-22. The Board would also provide additional resources like sample assessments, question banks, teacher training, etc. for more reliable and valid internal assessments.

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