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.


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.

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

Purpose of SAFAL in CBSE Schools


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


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


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 :

  • Identify Learning Gaps : Recognize specific areas where students may be struggling, allowing for targeted intervention.
  • Curriculum Adjustments : Modify teaching methods or materials based on areas identified as needing improvement.
  • Professional Development : Train teachers based on the findings to address specific learning challenges.
  • Resource Allocation : Direct resources, both material and human, to areas where they're most needed to boost learning outcomes.
  • Stakeholder Engagement : Share results with parents and the wider school community to rally support for improvement initiatives.
  • Long-term Planning : Incorporate findings into the school's strategic plans, ensuring a consistent focus on enhancing student learning.

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?

  • Understand Strengths & Weaknesses : Recognize their child's areas of proficiency and where they might need additional support.
  • Collaborate with Teachers : Engage in constructive discussions with educators to devise strategies tailored to their child's needs.
  • Home Support : Implement focused learning activities or seek external resources to address identified gaps.
  • Set Realistic Goals : Align their expectations with their child's current abilities setting achievable targets.
  • Monitor Progress : Track their child's improvement over time in response to interventions, adapting strategies as needed.