What Really Counts in Assessments…

Twinkle Khanna| Teacher
Ms. Twinkle Khanna is an experienced teacher at Sunbeam School, Annapurna. She is skilled in pastoral counselling, lesson planning, classroom management and assignments. She is a firm believer in teaching with heart and contributing in every possible way to shape the young minds.



Assessment is the word which gives jitters not just to the students, but also to the teachers. The question which keeps everybody confused is ‘what really counts in assessment?’

Assessment literally means ‘judging or evaluating someone’s ability’. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. Every child is unique and if we start judging every child on the same parameter, we will perhaps be unjust as it will not be a true reflection of their caliber. This is the biggest concern related to the assessment pattern of the education system. Every school aims to achieve holistic development of a child. Then is it not necessary to assess a child holistically?
 In the present scenario a child is assessed on the basis of his or her performance in the written examination. A child scoring 90% is considered to be intelligent and a child scoring 60% is considered to be an average child. But is it always true? Does this give us the true and actual evaluation of a child’s ability? I don’t think so.
A child may score well in the exams, but he or she might lack the skills or deeper understanding required to deal with the practical and real-life situations. On the contrary, a child may not fare well in the exams but might have the skills required in the long-run. To be precise, the written examination cannot be taken as a true reflection of a child’s abilities. While assessing a child, emphasis should be laid on more complex capabilities like conceptual understanding and long-term transfer skills. As educators we also need to think of some ways to help students understand and reflect their own learning progress. This will make them self-sufficient.
So, next time before judging a child, we first need to ensure whether we are able to see the hidden part of the iceberg or we are still looking at the surface.
This article was originally published in TheTeacher.in magazine in the month of December, 2018.