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Assessment for Learning


About This Resource

Please stay safe! Use these COOL resources for TE and continue with your professional education during this COVID-19 pandemic lockdown period. You can use the URL or the TISSx android app.

What do the resources offer?

  • The Connected Open Online Learning (COOL) resources are meant to enable student teachers and teacher educators to stay connected to their learning and engage with concepts and practices for active and inclusive teaching and learning.
  • They are mapped onto the B.Ed Curriculum Framework of NCTE. (See the table below). Please note that these resources consist of some of the key topics put together as a resource and do not cover the entire course comprehensively.
  • These resources provide an overview of key topics from each course based on current research and practices. They are not exhaustive. It is essential to follow up with rigorous readings and school-based practices that are integral and necessary for teacher preparation. The resources provide scaffolding for some readings and suggestions for tasks to strengthen practice.

This resource on “Assessment for Learning” aims to develop critical understanding of the issues in assessment. The course is meant for prospective teachers and the thrust is on using assessments for supporting the processes of teaching and learning. The course unfolds through five topical areas, beginning with an overview on assessment and evaluation; contexts, forms and types of assessment, procedures and tools for assessing; analysing, feedback and reporting assessments; and reforms, challenges and possibilities. Through these five topical areas, the learner will develop an understanding of comprehensive and dynamic assessment processes and reflect on ways to integrate this understanding to inform the practice of teaching and learning. The course will lay foundations for knowing why and how we assess, alongwith ways of interpreting and communicating assessments. The course will also help in building an understanding of the larger curricular and pedagogic reform landscape in which assessments can be appropriately and meaningfully situated.

We hope you will find these resources useful. We also invite you to enroll in our online modular certificate courses when they are announced on

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NCTE curriculum and OERs mapping

S.No. NCTE B.Ed. Curriculum topics COOL Resource
1 Assessment and Evaluation: An Overview Assessment and Evaluation: An Overview
2 Context of Assessment Context of Assessment
3 Assessment Procedure Assessment Procedures and Tools
4 Data Analysis, Feedback and Reporting Data analysis, Feedback and Communicating
5 Examination Reform: Issues and Directions Reforms, Challenges and Possibilities

TISS offers modular courses under the Post-Graduate Certificate for Reflective Teaching with ICT (RTICT), which have been offered by TISS to over 2000 teachers. This program will be useful for teachers and B.Ed students. The courses were developed as a part of the Connected Learning Initiative ( an initiative seeded by the Tata Trusts and led by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA; Winner of the King Hamad Prize for Excellence in the Use of ICTs in Education (2018). CLIx OER ( has several modules, simulations, and tools relating to school science, mathematics and English learning.

Another program offered at TISS, Mumbai, the Post Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Education Perspectives and Research (PGC-CEPR) is aimed at providing continuous professional development to faculty of teacher education institutions, M.Ed students, NGO personnel involved in teacher education, education administrators and policymakers.

TISS-COOL is supported by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and grants from the Tata Trusts and Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission for Teachers and Teaching.

Resource Team

Ritesh Khunyakari

Manish Singh

Niti Kalia

Arindam Bose

Anusha Ramanathan

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