SAFAL

Structured Assessment For Analyzing Learning

  • A Competency-based Assessment for Grades 3, 5 and 8

  • Assesses core concepts, application of knowledge and higher order thinking skills.

Message from the Chairman's desk

NEP 2020 recommends transforming the assessment system to promote the development of students and suggests a shift from testing rote memorization to competency-based learning. To map progress throughout school years, the NEP 2020 proposes an annual school assessment for all students in Grades 3, 5, and 8. This assessment will focus on testing core concepts, application of knowledge and higher order thinking skills. SAFAL will ensure progress throughout school years by providing diagnostic information about students’ learning to schools and thus, support school education to move towards competency-based education. The results of this assessment will largely be used to provide development feedback to schools and not for promotion of students to the next grade. CBSE invites all its affiliated schools to participate in SAFAL in 2021-22.

Key Features of Assessment

Formulated in the footsteps of NEP 2020, SAFAL will strengthen the assessment system to promote critical thinking, inquiry-based and analysis-based learning. SAFAL is a stepping stone to enable competency-based education in all schools.

Test core concepts and move away from rote learning

Assessments applicable for all Government and Private Schools

School level data will be shared for development of learning outcomes

Data to be used for continuous handholding and improvement

National Education Policy recommends assessment of core concepts along with high order thinking skills and application of knowledge in real-life situations, thereby moving away from rote-memorization.

How is SAFAL different from the Year End School Exam?

  • Tests Language, Mathematics and Science/EVS

  • Measure school and students performance

  • Assesses proficiency levels and competencies

  • Avoids any use for detention or promotion

Purpose of Key Stage Assessment (SAFAL) in CBSE Schools

MOTIVATE EDUCATION SYSTEM TOWARDS COMPETENCY-BASED LEARNING

Establish a formal protocol to collect valid and reliable data to chart performance on competencies at and below the grade level and measure progress

MEASURE SCHOOL PERFORMANCE ON KEY COMPETENCIES

School level performance on key competencies learning and proficiency levels can be used to measure effectiveness of a system.

IDENTIFY AREAS OF ACADEMIC INTERVENTION FOR SUPPORT/MANAGEMENT

School managements and school systems can use this data for targeting academic support and data-based management

How can schools use SAFAL?

The SAFAL report of school will :

1. Provide diagnostic information to schools on core competencies

2. Chart school performance on each competency and proficiency level to identify areas of focus and guide schools towards improving learning levels

Role of teachers and school principals

Familiarize parents and students with key features of SAFAL

Use SAFAL progress card to identify areas of improvement and for classroom support

Use SAFAL progress card for constructive engagement with parents

How can parents use SAFAL?

Assess performance of your child’s school on core concepts

Support at-home learning for children to steer away from rote memorisation and shift the focus to skills and competencies

Role of Parent

Familiarize parents and students with key features of SAFAL

Use SAFAL progress card to identify areas of improvement and for classroom support