The National Achievement Survey 2021 data showed that Delhi is behind the national average in performances in three subjects — languages, math and environmental studies (EVS) —at the primary level and has registered a dip in performances since 2017. However, at the class 8 level, it bucked the national trend and recorded better performances than in the pre-pandemic survey.The survey was conducted in November 2021 with a sample size of 34 lakh students in classes 3, 5, 8 and 10 with the objective of evaluating the progress of students and their learning competencies.
Around 64,049 students in a total 1,602 schools participated in the survey, out of which 48.3 per cent were girls and 51.7 per cent were boys.
A total of 37 per cent students were from State Government schools, 36 per cent was from private schools, 10 per cent from Central Government schools and the rest 17 per cent were from Government-aided schools.
The performance of Delhi students of classes 8 and 10 was better than the national average, stated the survey. According to the survey report released on Wednesday, the national mean score for all levels (classes 3, 5, 8 and 10) and subjects was also found to be lower than that of the previous National Achievement Survey conducted in 2017. In its survey, the NAS covered Government, Government-aided and private schools.
Language, mathematics and EVS for classes 3 and 5; language, mathematics, science and social science for class 8 and language, mathematics, science, social science and English for class 10 were the subjects covered during the survey.
The achievement tests along with the questionnaires -- pupil questionnaire, teacher questionnaire and school questionnaire -- were developed and translated in 22 different languages by the NCERT.
This nationwide survey was administered by the CBSE in one single day at the same time. The survey was managed through the technology platform designed and developed by the National Informatics Centre. The survey report highlighted that the average performance of students in all subjects declined as they progressed from class to class.
For instance, the average performance of students at the national level was 306 (in scaled score out of 500) in Mathematics in class 3. It declined to 284 in class 5; 255 in class 8; and to 220 in class 10.
The average performance of students at the national level in language stood at 323 (in scaled score out of 500) in class 3. It declined to 309 in class 5, and 302 in class 8.
In class 10, the language section was divided into two parts, modern Indian languages and English, for which the national average remained 266 and 277, respectively.