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National Programme on School Standards and Evaluation (NPSSE)

          The need for effective schools and improving school performance is increasingly felt in the Indian education system to provide quality education for all children. The quality initiatives in school education sector, thus, necessitate focusing on school, its performance and improvement. Therefore, a growing emphasis is being placed upon developing a comprehensive and holistic school evaluation system as central to school improvement. The National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), is leading the National Programme on School Standards and Evaluation (NPSSE). The NPSSE is an initiative that aims at evaluating each school as an institution and creating a culture of self-progression with accountability. The NPSSE visualizes ‘School Evaluation’ as the means and ‘School Improvement’ as the goal. The programme envisions reaching all schools of the country by creating a sustainable and institutionalized system of school evaluation. Therefore, it seeks to develop a common understanding across stakeholders– of the what, the why and the how of school evaluation.
“In view of the great need to improve standards of education at the school stage, we recommend that a nationwide programme of school improvement should be developed in which conditions will be created for each school to strive continually to achieve the best results of which it is capable” Education Commission, 1964-66

National Programme on School Standards and Evaluation (NPSSE)
School Standards and Evaluation Framework

          NPSSE has built upon the strength of the current school evaluation initiatives like “Gunotsav” of Gujarat, Samiksha of Odisha, the evaluation framework developed by the Karnataka School Quality Assessment and Accreditation (KSQAAC), etc. It is also rooted in evidence based international and national researches on school evaluation practices.
Guiding Principles of NPSSE

          Based on Constitutional values, National Policies on Education, Curriculum Frameworks, Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (2009) and national schemes like SSA and RMSA • Visualizes school as the unit for evaluation, keeping learners at the center stage • Focuses on School Evaluation as a continuous process leading to school improvement in an incremental manner • Envisions School Evaluation as a collaborative endeavor of all stakeholders at different levels • Empowers each school to understand its own performance so as to embark on a journey of continuous self-improvement.
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