Bhubasneswar:28/9/23: Two-day national conference on Transforming Assessment for Holistic Development of Students has been concluded at the Regional Institute of Education, NCERT, Bhubaneswar. The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 has recommended transforming assessment with a focus on more formative, competency-based assessment and higher-order skills, critical thinking, and conceptual clarity for holistic development of students. During the two days seventy papers by practitioners, experts, and research scholars from different universities, teacher education institutions, and NGOs were presented on eight different themes (i) Emerging Trends in Assessment for Holistic Development, (ii) Large-Scale Assessment: Implications for systemic reform, (iii)School-Based Assessment: Strategies and role of key stakeholders (iv)Technology Enabled Assessment: Practices and Trends, (v)Innovative Practices in Assessment: Micro and macro level (vi) Enhancing Teacher Competency in developing robust assessment (vii) Differential assessment techniques for inclusive education and (viii) Role of Stakeholders for holistic assessment
Addressing the delegates in the valedictory programme Prof. Sridhar Srivastava, Joint Director, NCERT reiterated the need for involvement of stakeholders in implementation of assessment as envisaged in the NEP 2020. Taking the clue from large-scale assessment he suggested focusing on learning outcomes for assessing the health of education system. Prof. P.C. Agarwal, Principal, Patron, and Chairperson of the conference appreciated all the resource persons and delegates for their two-day academic pursuit and urged for the involvement of researchers and practitioners to implement the transformational recommendations of NEP 2020 on holistic assessment. Prof. Sandhyarani Sahoo, Dean of Instructions, and Prof. B.N. Panda addressed the delegates. Prof.I.P. Gowramma presented the report of the conference and Prof. Laxmidhar Behera, Organising secretary presented the vote of thanks.
The two-day deliberations were attended by educationists like Prof. H, K, Senapaty, Former Director, NCERT, Prof M .A. Sudhir Gandhigram University, Prof Satishpraksah Shukla, IITE, Gandhinagar, Prof Mohit Mohan Mohanty, Prof Anil Kumar, NITTR, Bhopal, Prof Sridipa Sinha, Calcutta University and Prof V Madhusudan from University of Hyderabad as experts. The National Conference has outlined success stories; evidence-based best practices, context-specific challenges and priorities for implementation of the vision of NEP towards transforming assessment for the holistic development of students at the school level.