Monthly Archives: July 2015

Unreliable Assessment of Student Marks in Indian Education System

An extremely simple and effective, though controversial tool, to help maintain standards at the high school level, in several developed countries like the United Kingdom and the United States, is the school league table (or its equivalent). It is a simple form of information liberalization, which puts data about academic standards of schools directly into the hands of parents, to help them make more informed decisions about which school to admit their wards. This feedback loop also compels schools to motivate their teachers to improve teaching and assessment standards.

While an official aggregation or tabulation is generally unavailable for Indian schools, here is the tabulation for over 16000 schools in India affiliated to the CBSE, CISCE and  the Rajasthan State Board. Among other things, an analysis of this data points to an extremely unreliable assessment system, with little repeat-ability or reliability, and a blatant misreporting and inflation of scores.