The Problem Solving Assessment has been designed to improve the Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Creative thinking, Decision Making and Communication skills in learners. It is widely accepted that these are the abilities that an individual needs to be successful in their Personal, Professional and Social life. With the intension of fostering these abilities in learners at very early age, we have introduced PSA for classes VI to X from the academic session 2014-15.
A large number of schools across the country enrolled the students of classes VI to X for problem solving assessment for the academic session 2014 -15. It is encouraging to learn from the schools that the students of classes IX and X who took our PSA examination appeared ‘CBSE- PSA’ with confidence and performed extremely well. They have scored better grades in the board’s PSA examination.
We are extremely happy to share that most of the schools used PSA marks in Formative Assessment-4 for classes VI to VIII. It has not only brought down the number of activities for Formative Assessment cycle but also helped to assess the abilities of students at National level.
The overwhelming responses for PSA from schools all over the country encourage us to continue our venture to explore and nurture the problem solving skills in learners. The registration for PSA 2015-16 is started. We are confident that you will enroll all the students of Classes VI to X for PSA for the session 2015-16.
Class room problem solving activities can encourage cognitive as well as social development, and can equip students with the tools they will need to address and solve problems throughout the rest of their lives. Educating the students about the problem solving skills from an early age in school can be facilitated through classroom problem solving activities which are sure to benefit from as well as enjoy doing.
Role of School and Benefits
1. Include problem solving assessment for classes VI to X in the annual planner (academic calendar) of the school. This helps teachers to consciously plan and execute various Scholastic and Co-scholastic activities for the development of Problem Solving Skills in learners.
2. Enroll all the students of classes VI to X for PSA conducted by National Teachers Council.
3. Use the score of PSA for formative assessment-4 (FA-4) for classes VI to VIII in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Science.
4. PSA as a formative assessment-4 in classes VI to VIII can replace a large number of activities in formative assessment of four subjects and thereby gives more time for teachers and students for other academic activities.
5. PSA can be used as preparatory examination for students of classes IX &X. This will improve their performance in ‘CBSE-PSA’.
6. School can use PSA as a tool to assess the development of problem solving skills in students.
How does PSA help students?
- It helps students to understand their strength and weakness related to problem solving skills.
- It stimulates students’ interest and enthusiasm in problem solving.
- Students will get an opportunity to appear for a well researched, scientifically designed age appropriate PSA twice a year with a very nominal annual fee of Rs.100.
- Every registered student will get a detailed Report Card.
- It helps students of classes IX & X to prepare for ‘CBSE-PSA’ and score better grades in board’s examination.
- It improves the speed of solving the problems in ‘CBSE-PSA’.
- PSA will help students to inculcate various problem solving skills such as Analytical ability, Lateral Thinking, Initiative, Logical Reasoning and Persistence.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) introduced Problem Solving Assessment for students of Class IX from the academic session 2012-13. In the view of ‘CBSE-PSA’, National Teachers Council introduced PSA for classes VI to X with the intension of fostering Problem Solving abilities in learners at very early age. This assessment gives a good practice and preparation for students of classes IX and X for ‘CBSE-PSA’. Further, schools can count PSA score towards FA-4 for classes VI to VIII in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. We conduct two Problem Solving Assessments in an academic year (one in each term) and issue a Report Card at a very nominal fee of Rs.100.
The Problem Solving Assessment covers life skills related to the following elements.
1. Language Conventions
2. Qualitative Reasoning
3. Quantitative Reasoning
Eligibility: Students of Classes VI to X in CBSE schools
Date of Examination :
PSA -1 : 2nd September 2015 (Wednesday)
PSA-2 : 30th October 2015 (Friday)
Issue of Report Card :
Second week of December 2015. (All the registered schools will get marks of students at the end of each PSA)
PSA is not a Competitive Examination
How to Apply for PSA?
Please send the duly filled Registration Form along with Name List of students and Demand draft (DD) for examination fee to our office in the address given below.
Demand Draft should be drawn in favour of NATIONAL TEACHERS COUNCIL
payable at BANGALORE.
Name List should be prepared in the following format.
Last date of Registration: 31st July 2015
Annual Examination Fee: Rs.100 per student
- National Teachers Council
- # 200, 6th Main, 6th Cross
- Vinayaka Nagar, IAF (post)
- Yelahanka, Bangalore, Karnataka- 560063
- Cell:(+91) 9495463008/09742970986
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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