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CBSE Open Text Based Assessment (OTBA)

In 2012, the HRD Ministry planned to introduce open book examination.

The Central Board of Secondary Education also recommends that multiple modes of assessment need to be provided to cater to the varied abilities of individual strengths of learners. Therefore, CBSE has decided to introduce an element of Open Text Based Assessment for classes IX and XI in March, 2014 Examination. These are meant to incorporate analytical and theoretical skills, thus moving away from memorization.

Open Text based Assessment for Class IX

This will be a part of Summative Assessment II to be held in March, 2014. It will be applicable to all the main subjects. Schools will be supplied with textual material in few months before the commencement of Summative Assessment II.

A textual material may be in the form of an article, a case study, a diagram, a concept or mind map, a picture or a cartoon, problem or situation based on the concepts to be taught to the students during the second term. It will be to the extent of 15-20% in all the main subjects and may also include the Value Based Questions

The textual material will be related to chosen concepts taken from the syllabus. OTBA will have questions of higher order thinking skills and some of which may be subjective, creative and open ended. The textual material supplied earlier will be printed again as part of the question paper and thus will be available while answering the questions.

Open Text based Assessment for Class XI

This will be a part of Annual Examination to be held in March, 2014. It will be applicable to Economics, Biology and Geography only. Schools will supplied with textual material in the form of an article, a case study, a diagram, a concept or mind map, a picture or a cartoon, problem or situation based on the concepts taught to the students during the session.

It will be to the extent of 15-20% in the subjects of Economics, Geography and Biology and may also include the Value Based Questions. The textual material will be related to chosen concepts taken from the syllabus. OTBA will have questions of higher order thinking skills and some of which may be subjective, creative and open ended.

The textual material supplied earlier will be printed again as part of the question paper and thus will be available while answering the questions.

Role of Teachers

Teachers are expected to provide a bridge between the theory and practice. The Text/Case studies are designed to promote active participation of students requiring them to engage in active learning process through discussion, analysis, self-reflection and critical thinking.

The teachers are expected to assign the text material received from the CBSE to the students in groups so that they can read, and understand it through discussions, view it from different perspectives, brainstorm main ideas in class or even do further research outside the class. The main objective of introducing this element is to provide opportunities to students to apply theoretical concepts to a real life scenario by encouraging active and group learning in the Class.

The teachers should guide students and provide feedback at regular intervals about their performance during the completion of assigned activities. Since real-life cases or situations are complex and open to different opinions, teachers must be prepared for innovative and open answers from students.

Assessment of Text Material/Case-Studies

Depending on the text material/case study supplied to students, the answers will be assessed on a set of assessment rubrics showing the extent of which students were able to do the following:

  • (i) Understand and apply the concepts to the situational problems.
  • (ii) Suggest and bring out appropriate solutions/s to the problem/situation.
  • (iii) Come up with innovative opinions/suggestions.
  • (iv) Deep analysis based on a wide range of perspectives

You can download open text material published by CBSE from Download Section under CBSE support material.

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