Assessment of Students' Learning Loss (COVID-19) in Punjab
The COVID-19 pandemic caused inordinate disruption of education systems. Nearly 1.7 billion learners (about 94 per cent of the world’s student population) across all the countries and continents were affected from the closures (United Nations, 2020). Pakistani students are also facing learning losses due to the closure of their schools. There is a need to cope with students' learning losses and adapt such measures that reduce the learning losses and fill achievement gaps among different groups of the students of same grades.
The Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) has taken steps to estimate/evaluate the learning loss of the students due to the pandemic. Since such situation has never been seen before so, it was a colossal task for the PEC to estimate learning loss to formulate effective and actionable recommendations for all stakeholders especially teachers training institutions and curriculum developers to train teachers and align curriculum as per need of the affected learners to reduce their learning loss within this academic year. This small-scale study was carried out in six districts—Bahawalnagar, Gujrat, Hafizabad, Khanewal, Layyah and Lodhran where School Based Assessment (SBA) of grade 5 was completed in March 2020.
Taking the results of SBA as a reference point, the PEC conducted assessments in the subject of Mathematics, Science, Urdu and English, using item bank of SBA grade 5, in September 2020 to the students of grade 6. There were 48 schools and 960 students from 6 sampled districts, participating in this diagnostic study.
Large Scale Assessments
Provincial Assessment of Students' Learning (PASL) is an extensive diagnostic activity, which was conducted by Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) in Punjab province. Contribution of School Education Department (SED) Punjab, Programme Monitoring and Implementation Unit (PMIU) in providing data and technical and financial support from UNICEF was the driving motivation in conceiving, planning and conducting the study. Assessment of Student Learning (PASL) aimed at identifying measures needed at the policy level, changes required in curriculum/textbooks, challenges related to teacher training, proficiency of assessment of student learning and improvements required at school level for ensuring conducive learning environment
1) Student and teacher learning achievement levels particularly with reference to higher order learning in the subjects of Mathematics, Science and English,
2) Identifying content areas in need of attention in Mathematics, Science and English and
3) Examining home, school and classroom related factors contributive in student learning.
Data Analysis Reports of Examination
PEC generates a provincial report about the students’ achievement level. In this report the overall achievement of the districts in the subject, gender groups, location, medium of instruction and school sector is compared. High achiever, medium range and low level districts are identified for intervention to improve the students learning level. These reports provide useful information for teachers, curriculum developers, text book writers and assessment conducting organizations.
National Curriculum with Students Learning Outcomes (SLO's)
Advice for Teachers
Computerized Answer Sheets
It is a paper sheet used by the students to mark the correct option of the multiple choice question (MCQs). Students read the MCQs from the question paper and then mark the correct option given on this separate sheet. Below the MCQ part scorer, teacher marks the scores of each constructed response question. This sheet is scanned and data is used for preparation of subject results of each students.
- Grade 5
- Grade 8