A year after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) initiated the School Quality Assessment and Accreditation (SQAA) system to evaluate schools on the grounds of infrastructure and academic activities, the board has now sought a panel for the Peer Assessor Team (PAT) which will act as an external evaluator for the schools.
Not only teachers or principals but highly experienced and qualified individuals, including educators or retired academicians having knowledge about the school education, will be invited to join the team. It will be mandatory for each of the schools to have a PAT. The CBSE has specified that the peer assessors shall evolve interesting and interactive ways to deal with the students and to make them comfortable enough so that they could share their problems faced on the school campus or elsewhere.
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To join the PAT, applicants will be made to write a note in 100 words on ‘why being a peer assessor is important?’ Thus the candidates should be aware of the importance and the need of an assessor in the school environment.
Evaluating the schools to give them permanent accreditation and to make the selection process transparent is a pilot project of the CBSE. As per the proposal, the team of assessors will be auditing the entire school, including its infrastructure and academic activities. The school affiliated with the board will be assessed through standardised instruments and processes of internal and external assessment.
For this purpose, regional officer R J Khanderao says that private agencies have been empanelled in order to provide technological solutions, including a central application to be used by schools, and also board staff to manage the SQAA process.
Internal assessment will consist of self-evaluation and external assessment will consist of the review done by the PAT. The PAT will also be conducting case studies on each of the schools which will be further sent to the respective regional offices.