An ASSET for schools
The questions asked in the ASSET test help the teacher find out what the student has not understood.
ROUTINE TESTS: Who scores the highest? Photo: S. R. Raghunathan
Academically focused curricula for preschool, kindergarten, and primary programmes typically adopt a single method dominated by workbooks and drill and practice of discrete skills. How many of us really believe that a child's intelligence, achievement, and competence can be represented adequately by standardised tests? A group of IIM Ahmedabad alumni has been working for the past seven years to answer the question "How can we improve the quality of school education" After setting up a school and a teacher training college, it has chosen the domain of diagnostic assessments as a method to do a "Where are we now" analysis. This analysis can apply to a child, a class, a school, a group of schools and a district.
The younger the children, the greater the variety of teaching methods there should be, because they are less likely to have been socialised into a standard way of responding to their social environment.
Teaching and learning are not mysteries that can only happen in school. They also happen when parents and children do simple things together. Most parents are already tired of tests and assessment "Well, I know my kid is not going to top the class and get the prize so why get him to take the test?"
What's new about the ASSET test?
The questions are discriminatory they check if the child has understood the concepts or has just memorised the topic. So the test actually helps a teacher know what the kids in her class have not understood.
One of the main findings indicates what students should be learning and why they are taught many of the things they are, is often not very clear at levels from the individual teacher to even national curriculum developers. A test like ASSET can pin-point areas of confusion across students in the country and specific interventions can be initiated at each of the levels - class, school, district, state and national curriculum level.
ASSET offers teacher-training programmes to schools in specific areas pin-pointed by the diagnostic assessment. For parents, there are skill reinforcement kits that kids can play with and learn along.
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