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ETS to setup PARAKH: A uniform evaluation system launched by GoI

Published on January 22, 2023
Current Context: The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has been awarded the contract to establish PARAKH (Performance Assessment, Review, and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development). ETS, which administers international tests such as TOEFL, TOEIC, GRE, and PISA in more than 180 countries, will use PARAKH as a tool for comparing and establishing equivalence among school examination boards, as well as promoting collaboration between them.
ETS to setup PARAKH: A uniform evaluation system launched by GoI
  • The Indian government has recently introduced PARAKH, a system designed to evaluate the performance of secondary and higher secondary students consistently. The current assessment methods used by different states in the country differ, making it difficult for students to navigate the college admissions process. PARAKH aims to standardize these procedures and eliminate confusion for students.
  • The National Education Policy of 2020 introduced several changes to the Indian education system, including implementing PARAKH. PARAKH aims to achieve inclusion and excellence by addressing the disparities in evaluation patterns and scoring of school students from different states.
  • It is a part of the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) and was launched by them. PARAKH will release guidelines to state and central boards, remove disparities in scoring, provide new assessment patterns to state boards, and work with international organizations and education boards.
  • It will also conduct National Achievement Surveys, and it will function in three major areas:
  1. examination reforms,
  2. school-based assessments
  3. large-scale assessments

Question:

Q.1 Which of the following is true about PARAKH?
a. PARAKH is an initiative aimed at achieving inclusion and excellence in education in India
b. PARAKH is designed to address disparities in evaluation patterns and scoring of school students from different states
c. PARAKH is a part of the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) and was launched by them
d. All of the above
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