Sabyasachi Mukherjee, national head of education assessment at Pearson, tells SANGEETA YADAV about the overall benefits for students, teachers and parents from India’s Stanford Achievement Test series
What is the Stanford Achievement Test Series all about?
The series is a norm referenced test which measures the skills and knowledge gained through classrooms and applied beyond it. It fosters application based learning for students, which in turn develops their critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills required in the real world to be successful at work and in general.
How is the assessment done?
It assesses achievement in three subjects English, Math and Science. It offers comprehensive feedback report wherein the parents, teachers and the students get a glimpse of where the child stands as compared to other children across India, in academic achievement. The difference is that the test is not timed since a timed test puts undue pressure on a student to produce responses, whether they are meaningful or not.
What is the eligibility required for this test?
Students between classes three to ten who have completed 136-160 academic days, across all education boards such as CBSE, ICSE, IB, etc, are eligible to apply for this test.
What are the pros and cons?
The Stanford 10 India was developed after a process of applying scientific rigour in order to adapt and standardise the test for Indian children. This test report does not showcase pass or fail instead it gives a grading and percentile score followed with a thorough improvement and learning plan for students.
How does this function?
The service is currently available for schools and not on retail basis. First test in India will happen on November 2012.
What about the structure of the exam?
The test will be conducted in any two days of the testing month. Since this is an un-timed test, there can be periodical breaks in between the test. Pearson will train the school staff on how to proctor the test. This is currently a paper and pencil test. Students are given practice test booklets prior to exams, in order to prepare them for the exam format.
What happens after clearing this test?
Students records will be scanned by Pearson. Three kinds of feedback reports are generated in response to the test results, for each student ie The feedback report, school feedback report and parent feedback report. The idea is to give comprehensive feedback on student strengths and areas of improvements in relation to the three subjects tested. , to all stakeholders students, school authorities and parents. Based on the findings in the report, the following may happen:
Where will the exam take place?
Testing takes place only on the school premises of the student.
How can one apply for this exam?
Individual students will have to apply for Stanford 10 through their respective schools. Schools will buy specific number of tests each year. If their school offers the test, they will be able to take it.
Is there any additional fee required to apply for this test?
Each subject costs Rs 150 a test. If all three are bought by the school, the cost is Rs350 for three subjects. This fee is inclusive of all taxes.