Union government is planning to set up a national regulator PAREKH (Performance Assessment, Review and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development) for achieving a benchmark framework to assess students at the secondary and higher secondary level.
- PARAKH, is also part of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
- PAREKH is a proposed regulator, which will act as a constituent unit of the NCERT, and will also be tasked with holding periodic learning outcome tests like the National Achievement Survey (NAS) and State Achievement Surveys.
- Its team will consist of leading assessment experts with a deep understanding of the education system in India and internationally.
- It will eventually become the national single-window source for all assessment-related information and expertise, with a mandate to support learning assessment in all forms, both nationally and where applicable, internationally
- Setting norms, standards and guidelines for student assessment and evaluation for all recognized school boards of India.
- It will encourage and help school boards to shift their assessment patterns towards meeting the skill requirements of the 21st century
- It will bring uniformity across the state and central boards which currently follow different standards of evaluation, leading to wide disparities in scores.
- The benchmark assessment framework will seek to put an end to the emphasis on rote learning, as envisaged by the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.