ESED finalises plans to use results of 5th grade assessment

These assessments will ultimately transform the system of education in K-P


Asad Zia August 20, 2017
PHOTO: REUTERS

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Elementary and Secondary Education Department (ESED) has finalised its plans to utilise the results of universal 5th grade assessment.

In this regard BISE Peshawar has been tasked to provide subject wise results to both private and government schools. These subject wise results will help schools in understanding the weak areas where more focus is needed.

E&SED has also prepared a compendium for dissemination of teaching ideas and tips for the teachers to improve learning in areas of difficulties identified through the assessment. BISE Peshawar will start dissemination of results from next week. The analysis of results also suggests reading comprehension and writing as a major area for improvement.

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Accordingly, E&SED has decided to make arrangements for improving reading and writing skills of students, in this regard Provincial Institute for Teacher Education and Directorate of Curriculum and Teacher Education has been tasked to design necessary professional development activities to address this critical need. It has also been decided to post the compendium of tips and results on BISE websites in addition to disseminating it to all primary schools.

The universal class 5 assessment was prepared in accordance with established standards and aim at eliminating rote learning and encouraging the development of conceptual understanding and application among our children.

For the first time in K-P, the papers were set centrally by using a sophisticated item bank developed by BISE Peshawar and PEAC. To increase speed, accuracy, and uniformity in scoring of answer books, all eight Boards used Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) or machine based paper checking system.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2017.

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