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The  attention  of  all  the  Regional  Joint  Directors  of  School  Education  and

District Educational Officers in the state is invited to the reference 2 read above, orders  were  issued  to  conduct  the  summative  assessment  - 1  from 02-01-2023 to  10-01-2023.

Summative   assessment  - 1  from 02-01-2023 to  10-01-2023.

 2.  Further the  Government  of Andhra  Pradesh  has put  several dedicated  efforts to  bring  up  a   radical  transformation  in  School  Education  with  the  long-term objective of preparing the students of Andhra  Pradesh  for a  bright future.

 3.        The government  has unleashed  a  new era  of education  by strengthening the education value  chain and implementing educational reforms with a vision  to transform  the  education  eco-system  by  investing  in  child-centric  interventions along   the   improvement  in   entire  canvas   of  the  education   value   chain   by improving the learning outcomes, with specific focus on foundational literacy and numeracy thereby  making  every child globally  competitive.

 4.         The   Government  of  Andhra   Pradesh   prioritises   School   Education   by launching initiatives such as Jagananna Ammavodi, Mana Badi Nadu-Nedu, Jagananna    Vidya     Kanuka,     Jagananna     Gorumudda,    curriculum    reforms, establishing   the  Toilet   Maintenance   Fund   (TMF),   School   Maintenance   Fund (SMF),  supplying   Samsung   Tabs  to  8th  grade  students,  and  comprehensive academic   and   administrative  reforms  with  the  goal   of  improving   children's learning  outcomes.

 5.          The  world's   highest   education   accolade   Yidan   Prize   Winner  for  2021 Professor  Hanushek  says that the  education  plays  a massive  role  in enhancing the  human   capital  of  the  population  and  results  in  achieving  high   rates  of invention  and  innovation  by  the  individuals  as well  as society.     The  state  of Andhra  Pradesh  is having  one of  the largest  public  school  education  systems  in the country, the literacy rate stands at only  67.35%. The government of Andhra Pradesh   believes    that "investment   in    education   always    gives    the   highest return

The  educational   institutions   around   the  world  embark  on  the  journey   of digital  transformation,   adding   an   interactive  flat  panel   in   the   classroom   has become   more  common.   Digital   learning   creates  a   truly  integrated   classroom where  the  needs  of  all  types  of  learners  can  be  met.   Blended   learning  keeps students  engaged,   stimulated,  and  motivated.  It also  helps  teachers  be  more effective  and make  greater  gains  with  their students.

 7.    To   address   this   learning   gap   and   ensure   the   appropriate   class-specific learning   outcomes   among    children,   the   government   has   taken   up   various initiatives  that  are  being  implemented  from  2022-2033  by  introducing  learning apps   such   as  Google   Read   Along,   PAL,   Byju's,   etc.,   for  providing  remedial teaching,  teacher capacity building,  and effective academic  monitoring. The government  signed   an   agreement  with   Byju's   to   provide   free   access   to   its products  from  classes 4 to  10.

 8.        The  entire  content  is  available   on  a  tablet  and  is  portable;  in  addition  to text,  videos,   audio,   animations,   and  voiceovers  make   learning   an   immersive experience   by  engaging   all  senses;   student  self-learning   and   self-evaluation; and personal adaptive  learning  aids in  targeted  learning  interventions.

 9.       The following  certain studies  are  saying  that:

 i.       Tablets   have   improved   pedagogy,   according   to   various   national   and international  studies,  by  allowing  teachers to tailor  their teaching  style  to the   needs   of  individual   students  and   by   providing   innovative   ways   of learning.  This  was  especially   helpful  for  students  with  special  needs.  The devices have also improved  student, teacher, and parent interaction with learning.   In   particular,   parents   were   more   involved    with   their  child's school      and      education,      as      a  Dixons      City      Academy       educator observed:  "Somehow,  that  interaction   [learning  composition]  was  much more  intense  with  the  tablet,  and  they  were  much   more  motivated  and involved  and  worked  faster."  The  task  didn't  feel  like  work.  In  addition, tablets   have   been   found   to   promote   both   independent   learning   and collaboration  with  teachers  and other  students.

ii.      In  the  study  by  Rishu  Bala,  Research  Scholar,  Department  of  Education, Punjabi  University,  Patiala, it is  revealed  that setting  ethical standards and guidelines  for correct mobile  use will  assist students  in  achieving   a  healthy balance.  It was  also  said  that  mobile  usage  has  a   detrimental  impact  on students'  academic  behaviour in  schools.

 10.       Even  though  the  government  is  spending   a   lot  of  money   to  provide  the digital    infrastructure    to    government    schools,     without    proper    utilisation, monitoring,   and   assessment,   the   investment   in   facilities   will    not   yield   the expected  results.

 11.      Therefore,  it  is  proposed  to evaluate  the  use of tabs  by students  in  the  VIII class  in  the  upcoming    Summative  Assessment-1   in   Mathematics  and  General Science in  government  schools  as a  one-time  measure Therefore,  all the  District Educational Officers in  the State are requested  to conduct  the   SA-1in   Mathematics  and   General   Science  for   eighth-class students  studying  in  government schools   with  the existing  questions  in TABS   provided  by  the  state  government  and   for   all   other  subjects  of class   VIII   and   subjects   of  all   classes   for   all   management  schools the question  papers are  common.  The syllabus  is the  same  as prescribed  by the SCERT AP for Summative Assessment-1.

 13.  In this  regard  the  District  Educational  Officers  are  requested  to  print and supply  the  question  papers  for  class  VIII  students  of government  schools  for mathematics  and   general   science   through  DCEBs  which   were   prepared   by SCERT-AP   based    on   the   questions   existing   in   TABS   in   the   prescribed syllabus. 

The question papers for Mathematics and General Science   in Class VIII which  were  already  printed  for  government  school  students,  may  be  used  for practice  purposes after the Sankranti  vacation.

 14. This has got the  Approval  of the  Commissioner  of School  Education,  Andhra Pradesh..

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