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NAS 2021 Report Card puts J&K schools ahead of National Average

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir has registered an impressive performance in the sample-based National Achievement Survey (NAS) conducted by the Ministry of Education for classes 3, 5, 8 and 10 on November 12 last year.

The survey, which took place in all 733 districts across the country, was a competency-based national-level large-scale assessment that aimed to provide information about students’ learning achievement so that a system-level reflection on the effectiveness of school education in the country could be conducted.

Language, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science were chosen as subjects for assessment in classes 3 and 5, while Environmental Studies was added for class 8 and Social Science and Modern Indian Language for class 10.

A total number of 79256 students and 16260 teachers in 3650 schools from all the 20 districts of J&K UT participated in the survey.

Director State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Prof Veena Pandita, while congratulating the School Education Department and commenting on the report card said that the efforts of everyone involved in the education system helped significantly in putting J&K ahead of the national average in the recently declared NAS results.

“I’d like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Principal Secretary B K Singh, Director School Education Jammu, Director School Education Kashmir, Project Director Samagra Shiksha, Chief Education Officers and the NAS  team from SCERT for their efforts to make this survey a success,” Prof Pandita said. “All this would have not been possible without the ever sincere and dedicated efforts of our coordinators at the district level, representatives from the CBSE, Principals of the DIETs (District Nodal Officers), field investigators and observers.”

SCERT had taken a slew of measures, particularly in light of the NAS-17 results, which were not encouraging.

Prior to the NAS survey, the SCERT performed a UT-level assessment of classes 3, 5, and 8 on September 30, 2021, with the goal of discovering learning gaps created by the Covid-19 epidemic.

“The survey, which was performed throughout all of J&K UT’s districts, served as a dress rehearsal for the NAS,” stated G H Reshi, Academic Officer. “Because the survey was conducted along the same lines as the NAS, the task ahead of us became relatively easy.”

The SCERT gave unused survey question sheets to students from time to time to familiarize them with the evaluation methodology, he said.

Director Pandita said that the results would help us to comprehend effectively the students’ performance as per the different learning outcomes vis-à-vis the contextual variables. She urged the teachers to work harder in the future to improve the performance and quality further.

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