Concept based Continuum of Graded Syllabi (CCGS)
In order to create a comprehensive basis for Teaching, Learning & Evaluation of Language & Literature, a draft version of concept based continuum of graded syllabi has been formulated by incorporating the details available in the General Frame of Reference (GFR) reflecting contents and consequential effects. It is a novel idea as it is context free in the sense that it does not subsume any particular text of an author and therefore is independent of any school or university system.
In order to make it all an inclusive one, the common concepts abstracted from the syllabi of language & literature being followed by various institutions across the country have been identified and incorporated after making on indepth analysis of their hierarchical order delineating into major, minor and sub components. This consists of two sets of materials - one for language and another for literature with each one of them having seven parts meant for Primary, Upper Primary, Secondary, Higher Secondary, Graduate, Post Graduate, and Research.
The body of the text have been presented under three major columns. The first one for the structural elements (of language/literature), alongwith their associated properties/characteristics (dimensions). The second one for consequential effects (behavioural changes) that happen as a result of learning. The third one is for reflecting the societal needs.
Development of Conceptual Framework for Assessing Aptitude, Achievement, and Proficiency
Aptitude tests are meant for Admission, Achievement tests are meant for Certification and the Proficiency tests for Employment. In order to meet the admission, certification, and employment requirements of the country, the NTS, after making a survey of all the tests that are conducted across the globe, have developed a set of three separate conceptual frameworks. One each for assessing aptitude, achievement, and proficiency. An in-depth analysis has been taken up by NTS on the concepts of aptitude, achievement, and proficiency in terms of their constituent elements and the properties associated with them. Workshops are being conducted in several phases inviting inter disciplinary scholars from different parts of the country to get their consultancy, to discuss about the compatibility and testability of the components and sub components, and also to prepare illustrative examples and sample question items for each component. The draft framework model was placed in the National Conventions held at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (Urdu), Tamil University, Thanjavur (Tamil), Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi (Hindi) and University of Madras, Chennai to get constructive suggestions from the experts. The suggestions were incorporated in the framework.
As a consensus building endeavors, the NTS organized National Conventions on Testing & Evaluation at various places of our country. The objectives of the convention are to create an awareness on NTS-India and its activities among the academics, educationists, administrators and also to evolve a consensus on the materials of testing & evaluation developed so far by the National Testing Service-India. The outcome will pave way for determining the national and regional norms to enable the country to maintain inter and intra language comparability across various courses in Indian languages. So far, the NTS has conducted 4 National Conventions on Testing & Evaluation at various places of the country. The details are as follows:
- The 1st convention was held at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh for two days on Feb. 27&28, 2008 About 275 participants representing various disciplines have participated.
- The 2nd Convention was held at Tamil University, Thanjavur from 29th to 31st March, 2008. About 500 scholars representing various disciplines have participated.
- The 3rd Convention was held in the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in the J.N.U Campus, New Delhi on Feb 18 to 20, 2009. More than 300 participants representing various institutions and Universities have participated.
- The 4th Convention was held at the University of Madras, Chennai from 7th to 8th May 2009. About 200 academics of various colleges of Chennai and the faculty of University of Madras have participated.
Long Term & Short Term Training cum Workshop
Short Term Workshop was conducted by inviting young scholars with Hindi, Tamil and Urdu background for the purpose of providing on the job training for writing question items as per the NTS requirement. The Short term programme was conducted from 15th October 2008 to March 2009. The participants of the workshop were selected from the candidates applied for various faculty positions and also from the doctoral and Post Doctoral fellowship. The young scholars of the programme were given on the job training/orientation in the area of Testing & Evaluation and item preparation by the Head, NTS and the academic staff of NTS. Special lectures by CIIL staff were also arranged. After the orientation they were asked to prepare question items in their area of specialization. Special emphasis has been made on the details of 10 parameters to be incorporated for every question item prior to its inclusion in the MILES database. The scholars belong to the discipline of Linguistics, Literature, Education, Psychology, Statistics, etc were participated. They were also send for field work for a month to their respective universities for collecting data for their work. The NTS is organizing similar programme from 26th October, 2009.