COMPETENCY BASED TESTING AND INTERNATIONAL ASSESSMENTS


India's overall competitiveness as well as the job prospects of individual Indian citizens are heavily influenced by what happens in other countries. In a global economy, improvement by national standards cannot be the only ultimate measure of success. Instead, it is equally important to know how we are doing compared to other countries.
Globalisation and technology are creating new opportunities and challenges in the years ahead. The skills required to be successful in this global, technology-based future include creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. In other words, it will be important to not just know the answer to a problem, but also to have the ability to think critically, creatively, and collaboratively about the problem in order to arrive at the best solution.

MOVING FROM ROTE-BASED TO COMPETENCY LEARNING

Let us consider a very simple arithmetic question:

Most students, when faced with such a question, will find it easy to answer. This is an

example of rote-based learning. Let us look at the same question in a different way.


These kinds of non-routine questions require students to think in more critical and creative ways. They also require students to understand more deeply the concept or competency that underpins the question being posed.