The National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) has released India’s first national assessment regulator, PARAKH, which will work on setting norms, standards, and guidelines for student assessment and evaluation for all recognized school boards in the country.
The PARAKH regulator aims to set up assessment guidelines for all boards to help remove disparities in the scores of students enrolled with different state boards. PARAKH stands for The Performance Assessment, Review, and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development. It is established within the education survey division of the NCERT.
NCERT Launched India’s First National Assessment Regulator “PARAKH” – Key Points
- PARAKH has been launched as a part of the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
- It has envisaged a standard-setting body to advise school boards regarding the new assessment patterns and the latest research and promote collaboration between them.
- PARAKH will work in three major assessment areas including large-scale assessments, school-based assessments, and examination reforms.
- It will work on bringing an equivalence in the recognized school boards in India in terms of the academic standards among learners.
- PARAKH will closely work with the state directorates of education, state, education boards, and international organizations, working in the area of assessment and evaluation.
- Last year in September, NCERT invited expressions of interest (EoI) from international agencies to help in setting up PARAKH.
- PARAKH will be responsible for conducting large-scale assessments, including the National Achievement Survey (NAS).
- The center will also manage India’s participation in international assessments such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).