Primary and Secondary Education – RTE, Education Policy, SEQI, RMSA, Committee Reports, etc.

First National Achievement Survey (NAS) held


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: National Achievement Survey (NAS)

Mains level: Not Much

The first National Achievement Survey (NAS) in four years was conducted, in a bid to assess the competencies of children in Class 3, 5 and 8.

National Achievement Survey (NAS)

  • NAS is a nationally representative large-scale survey of students’ learning undertaken by the Ministry of Education.
  • It is implemented on a sample size aiming to assess students of 3rd, 5th, 8th and 10th
  • It gives a system level reflection on effectiveness of school education.
  • The NCERT has developed the Assessment Framework for gauging the competencies attained by the student’s vis-a-vis learning outcomes.

Features of the Survey

  • The Survey goes beyond the scorecard and includes the background variables to correlate student’s performance in different learning outcomes vis-a-vis contextual variables.
  • The Survey was conducted in a monitored environment in the sampled schools.
  • Selection of sampled schools was based on UDISE+ (Unified District Information System for Education) 2019-20 data.

Significance of NAS

  • NAS findings would help diagnose learning gaps of students and determine interventions required in education policies, teaching practices and learning.
  • Through its diagnostic report cards, NAS findings help in capacity building for teachers, officials involved in the delivery of education.
  • This will help to assess the learning interruptions and new learnings during the COVID pandemic and help to take remedial measures.


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