In an unprecedented move with the potential to revolutionize the country's school education system under K12, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has formally issued circulars (vide CBSE Circular No: Acad-69/2013) to all CBSE affiliated schools across India to implement ‘Open Book Exam System’ under Open Text Based Assessment (OTBA) for classes 9 and 11 final exams starting March 2014.
The Open Text-Based Assessment OTBA will be a part of Summative Assessment (SA) II to be held in March, 2014 is being launched as a pilot project for the Class 9 and 11 in some subjects only. The new testing system will cover English, Hindi, mathematics, science and social science for Class 9 and geography, economics and biology for Class 11. Accordingly, the various schools which fall under the ambit of CBSE will implement the OTBA (Open Text Based Assessment) system only in these subjects.
The CBSE will also bring out guidance material for students, teachers and parents to help them prepare for the test. The CBSE circular to all its affiliated schools states that, “OTBAs are meant to incorporate analytical and theoretical skills, thus moving away from memorization.”
(Source: http://www.cbseacademic.in)Keywords: CBSE, OTBA, Open Book Exam, Open Text Based Assessment