Educational Initiatives (EI) and Wipro Applying Thought in Schools jointly conducted a national level research study to understand how well children are learning in the top schools of our country. Over 32,000 students from 142 leading schools of five metros – Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi and Bangalore participated in the tests conducted between February and April 2006. The November 27th issue of India Today carries a cover story highlighting some of the main findings of the study.
32,000 students from class 4, 6 and 8 were tested on their key concepts in English, Mathematics and Science.
Main Study – A special design called ‘rotated test papers’ was used for the purpose of the study. Multiple-choice questions of known difficulty levels were selected from past the ASSET papers. There were two sets of papers for each class with some common questions. This means each student, in a way, wrote only half the test. This was done to allow a larger range of competencies to be tested without making the test too long.
Secondary Study – A ‘secondary study’ was designed to understand student learning across classes. Some of the questions in the test were from an international test known as ‘Trends in International Maths and Science Study’ (TIMSS). For these questions, the performance of students from 43 countries from around the world was known. This was used to benchmark learning in our top schools with international levels.
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