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Macmillan launches assessment test in India to improve academic skills

It's a diagnostic tool that gives parents and teachers insight into students' capabilities

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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A global tool that can identify gaps in and help improve academic has been launched in

Macmillan Education, a leading publisher of English school curriculum material, has now brought the programme to the Indian subcontinent.

ICAS, an independent skill-based assessment test known only by the abbreviation, is an initiative of the University of New South Wales in

It is a diagnostic tool that gives and insight into students' capabilities - assessing their problem-solving skills, logic and thinking.

Currently 14,500 in over 20 countries participate in and over 8.9 million are assessed by it.

"Existing exams across different educational boards are based on the school curriculum," Yash Mehta, Director of Macmillan Education India, told PTI.

The assessment is the first of its kind test in Most other exams that measure student aptitudes are competitive in nature. The ICAS assessment tests on their which are compared against global benchmarks.

"The assessment will benefit stakeholders at four levels - students, teachers, principals and the government," Mehta said.

The multiple choice tests pinpoint the areas which students need to strengthen. The data collected can also identify the performance of individual compared to regional, state or even global counterparts.

"We are not interested in ranking students based on their performance; rather we want to help identify the gaps so that students can improve," Mehta said.

Developed by a team of subject experts, he said ICAS breaks through the traditional markers of evaluation which are based on rote

"The programme helps identify a student's strength and weaknesses in specific skill areas, which can drive better targeting of and improve learning," Mehta said.

The programme starts from Class 2 and goes up to Class 12, he added.

"We are going to start the programme with private A number of leading schools across the country have already signed through," Mehta said.

Over the next 5 years, Macmillan aims to reach out to over 10,000 schools and about one million students in

First Published: Sun, July 02 2017. 16:08 IST