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CBSE Item Design and Test Development Handbook for Teachers
Launch of Handbook of Assessment and Evaluation – Best Practices in Item Design and Test Development for teachers
A robust system of continuous & adaptive assessment to continuously inform teaching-learning processes and optimize learning for all students is a major focus area of the New National Policy on Education (NEP), 2020.
In this context, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in collaboration with Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, and Central Square Foundation (CSF) has developed a Handbook of Assessment and Evaluation: Best Practices in Item Design and Test Development. This handbook of Assessment will help teachers of all subjects to design test items that are a valid & reliable measure of student learning.
Checklists and templates are provided in the handbook to facilitate the process of item development and quality assurance. I am sure that the examination officials involved in the item development process will benefit immensely from this booklet. It is also expected that the input from this document is used by practicing teachers for school-based formative & summative assessment.
The objective of the Handbook of Assessment and Evaluation
- Provide guidance for test developers who create questions/tasks to assess learning.
- Elaborate the role of the learning framework for item writing, characterization & the development of high-quality assessment tools.
- Provide input for writing good items, including the creation of marking guides.
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This Assessment handbook breaks down the process of developing assessments into well-defined, easy-to-understand modules that will help teachers to design precise test items to test various competencies. The Handbook is available on CBSE Academic website or Click here to download this Teacher Handbook PDF.
Teachers of school are encouraged to use this handbook as a ready reference for developing assessments in their subjects. Heads of schools are requested to kindly ensure wide dissemination of this resource to teachers so that they are able to adopt a comprehensive and scientific approach to test design that is consistent with curriculum learning outcomes.
How to use the Handbooks?
- Study the syllabus-wise question paper design.
- Develop a blueprint according to the instructions in the handbook.
- Frame items with guidelines and checklists in mind.
- Map items with learning outcomes & domains according to the template.
- Get peer-reviewed items using checklists.
- Record all steps of the process and response.
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