At Manthan the progress of every child is evaluated meaningfully through a system of continuous assessment. How and how much each child learns and assimilates in terms of the content, the skills, the aptitudes and the attitudes prescribed for every class level are evaluated effectively at Manthan throughout the year. The constituents of the continuous assessment system at Manthan focus on evaluating each child’s progress at the individual and the collective levels. This system of continuous assessment is designed to ensure that every student takes responsibility for his/her own learning. At the same time, this system makes the educators adequately accountable for what their students learn, how effectively they are evaluated and how efficiently they finally perform
Unit Checks: In the course of transacting every unit of content in every subject and after every unit is completed, every student is given common as well as individualized assignments and projects in class and at home to evaluate how much of the same has been assimilated and how well. This ideally happens approximately once every two weeks for every subject. However, the thumb rule is to conduct such testing whenever a particular topic (or sub-topic wherever relevant) is completed. These tests are called Unit Checks at Manthan and are given to students of Class 1 and above. Such testing is done through a variety of oral and written forms – as per the needs of the subject and topic concerned – and is designed not just on how much of the content of the topic concerned has been effectively assimilated by every individual student but also on how well students can apply the same to real life situations.
Once-Overs: At the end of every term – for classes IV and above – there are two-hour or three-hour examinations (in sync with CBSE conditions) to ensure that every child can recall and effectively use a certain body of knowledge acquired over a longer period of time within a particular format. For classes IV and V, the end-of-term examinations – which Manthan has decided to call Once-Overs to take away at least a bit of the fear and trauma associated with the term “examination” – are restricted to the academic work done only in the particular term at the end of which the examination is conducted. For classes VI and above, though the focus is on the work completed in the particular term at the end of which the examination is conducted, the second term examinations do have certain elements from the first term and the third term examinations do focus on the academic work done in every subject over the whole School Year.
The Unit Checks as well as the end-of-term Once-Overs not only help Manthan students gain all the mark-making and examination skills required for securing good results in public examinations but also ensure that the same are made keener through regular practice. These Unit Checks and the end-of-term Once-Overs provide all concerned with a view of a child’s ability to effectively recall a body of knowledge gained previously as also his/her proficiency vis-a-vis other conventional examination and mark-making skills. However, neither the Unit Checks nor the end-of-term Once-Overs constitute the sole basis for the overall evaluation of a Manthan child’s performance as a student and as an overall person. A curriculum focusing on the sequential and systematic development of creative talents, skills, aptitudes and attitudes, must have an interconnected and correlated system of evaluating the students’ progress in the same domains at the individual, subjective level as well.
Manthan Spectrometer: As Manthan desires to assess and report on how effectively and creatively each of its students develops his/her talents, skills, aptitudes and attitudes to see things in new light as well as throw new light on things, the name chosen to describe aptly the unique system of evaluating the overall development of every student at Manthan is the Manthan Spectrometer.
Manthan Spectrometer report on every individual student’s growth and progress under six basic heads at the end of every termas per the following scheme:
Language I – english
Language II – (whatever language is chosen from those on offer)
Language III – (whatever language is chosen from those on offer)
Art and Craft
Yoga and Physical Education
Sports and Games
Yoga and Meditation
Hobby – (whatever hobby is chosen from those on offer)
The Annual Evaluation Report
The Annual Evaluation Report is an interpretation of each student’s cumulative performance during an academic session in the Unit Checks, in the Once-Overs and in the Spectrometer ratings.
The Annual Evaluation Report focuses basically on every student’s performance throughout the year in each of the seven academic subjects that he/she has to do
Absence in any of these assessments, unless approved for special reasons by the Principal, means a zero.
A certain percentage is allotted to the term-end Once-Overs scores, the Unit Checks marks and the term-wise
Spectrometer ratings – in terms of their importance in the entire scheme of things – to arrive at the Annual Evaluation Report of each student. This is known as the Scheme of Importance and the allotment of percentages in it is as follows:
Once-Overs – 50%
Unit Checks – 25%;
Spectrometer – 25%.
The Annual Evaluation Report is given to students at the end of each academic year and it shows how in the overall scheme of Manthan International School each student’s yearly performance is rated. The Annual Evaluation Report holds the key to a student’s promotion to the next class.
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