PARAKH

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    • A new regulator, PARAKH (Performance Assessment, Review and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development) is being set up to oversee the process and conduct periodic tests like the National Achievement Survey (NAS) and State Achievement Surveys.

    About PARAKH 

    • It will seek to put an end to the emphasis on rote learning, as envisaged by the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. 
    • It will be “setting norms, standards and guidelines for student assessment and evaluation for all recognised school boards of India, encouraging and helping school boards to shift their assessment patterns towards meeting the skill requirements of the 21st century”.
    • PARAKH team will consist of leading assessment experts with a deep understanding of the education system in India and internationally.
    •  It will eventually become the national single-window source for all assessment-related information and expertise, with a mandate to support learning assessment in all forms, both nationally and where applicable, internationally.
    • Significance  :It will help tackle the problem of students of some state boards being at a disadvantage during college admissions as compared to their peers in CBSE schools. 
      • It will develop and implement “technical standards for the design, conduct, analysis and reporting” of tests at all levels of school education.

    Source: TH