New student assessment system by NCERT
For classes III, V, VIII and X, the Central Government has developed a student assessment system — National Achievement Survey (NAS) — conducted independently by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) across the country. However, an NGO conducts annual achievement surveys released in the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) as well. It is a household survey limited to rural areas of the country. As per its 2016 report, there has been an improvement in terms of learning outcomes. The Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development was not associated with this ASER 2016 survey.
Some of the major findings of ASER 2016 are:
1. In almost all states, there is some improvement in the arithmetic levels of children enrolled in government schools in class III.
2. Between 2014 and 2016, for class V children, the level of arithmetic as measured by children’s ability to do simple division problems has remained almost the same at 26%.
3. In comparison, in 2016, 24.5% of children enrolled in class V could read simple English sentences. This number is virtually unchanged since 2009.