Northeast CBSE schools will soon start open text-based assessment (OTBA) in Class IX and XI from the current academic session. OTBA will be part of question papers of five main subjects in the Summative Assessment II of Class IX and in the annual examination of Class XI, to be held in March next year.
However, the Guwahati CBSE office informed that the board is yet to decide in which subjects OTBA of Class XI students will be done. The OBTA section will comprise text material accompanied by two to three questions based on a particular text.
Open text-based assessment to take place in Guwahati CBSE Schools. The questions in the OBTA section will involve higher order thinking skills that will require students to apply their learning to the situations given in the article, report or case study and draw inferences or conclusions from there.
A directive issued by the CBSE recently said from the current academic session onwards, in Class IX, the question papers of the main subjects in Summative Assessment II will be of 90 marks each. There will be a separate section of 10 marks for OTBA.
According to a senior CBSE official, the board is yet to decide in which subjects OTBA will be introduced because of the number of subjects taught in Class XI. “There are over 150 subjects taught in Class XI in CBSE schools. It will take some more time to finalize the subjects in which OTBA will be done,” the official said.