The latest update in the arena of Board Examinations is that amid all the delays and court orders, CBSE has announced that the results of Class 12 board exams 2017 will be declared on Sunday, May 28, 2017.
CBSE had decided to not give grace marks this year, but the decision was overruled by an order of the High Court.
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The Central Board of Secondary Education, which sets the curriculum and organises the Board examinations has decided to continue with its five-point moderation policy for this year. Earlier in April, it had decided to do away with the spiking and moderation of marks. But this had caused a certain amount of chaos, as a few boards had already marked the exams in tandem with the policy of moderation. CBSE then wrote to DU to provide “extra weightage” for its students for a fair admission. The plea was dismissed but the Delhi High Court intervened and overruled CBSE’s decision to scrap moderation. Amid news of CBSE going to Supreme Court, it finally decided not to, and now here we are: Results being announced this Sunday.
What is even the Moderation Policy?
Moderation is a standardization policy deployed by school boards to provide extra marks to students in ragrds a particular set of questions.
Colloquially called the policy of doling out “grace marks”, this practice was supposed to help students pass when they are slightly falling short of the 33 marks pass percentage. However, this well-intentioned measure led to teeming number of students scoring high marks, leading in turn to sky-high cut-offs.
A report in India.com explains, “This is how Moderation Policy works. CBSE first sets out to get the answer sheets corrected by the teachers. All the teachers employed to check the answer sheets are provided with marking scheme and are not allowed to provide grace marks. However, teachers have the prerogative to mark the answers as per their understanding of the subject. These answer sheets are then cross checked by the Exam Coordinator responsible for that particular checking center. The coordinator further consults with the teachers and accordingly a few grace marks may be given, on the discretion of teacher’s understanding. These marks along with answer sheets are then sent back to the Board.
CBSE, after receiving the answer sheets feeds in the data to the respective systems. The exam is then analyzed and experts suggest the moderation marks for that particular set. The considerations are twin faced – first the committee assesses the questions which were by and large found to be very tough by say 75 percent of the students. Let us presume that a total of 10 marks worth questions were found to be difficult by majority of students. CBSE panel then decides to give say 6 extra or grace marks to students to compensate for the same. The other parameter is to assess whether the general set is in accordance to the Board’s average. In case there is a large deviation, the results are accordingly “moderated” to conform to standard deviation of the entire data set.
While the matter continue to be sub judice and people argue the many merits and demerits of the policy, what is important to be understood is that Moderation is not employed arbitrarily. The Core CBSE Committee analyses the results, the question papers and looks for discrepancies. At times the CBSE may decide to improve the grade across the board, then it might decide to only provide concession to a set of students and so on. There is no general rule for moderation and presuming the removing moderation would in effect reduce the total aggregates of students is largely misunderstood.”
The results can be checked on cbse.nic.in
Adapted and Sourced from India.com