What is CCE in CBSE Schools

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What is CCE

CCE stands for Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation. It is a system which was introduced by CBSE in India to assess all aspects of a student’s development on a continuous basis throughout the year. It covers both scholastic subjects as well as co-scholastic areas such as performance in art, music, dance, sports, athletics and other cultural activities. Those students who are not good in academics can show their talent in these fields. For further information on the CCE grading system you can visit the official page of CBSE http://www.cbse.nic.in/cce/index.html

A number of National Committees and Commissions in the past have consistently made recommendations for CCE which reduces emphasis on external examination and encouraging the knowledge of internal assessment through the inclusion of above mentioned activities.

As part of the formal and informal feedback from the parents, students, principals and teachers a few concerns have been raised by a few stakeholders which are recorded below:

  1. Too many tests, assignments, projects, homework and review tests (in some schools as many as seven review tests per week) are being taken.
  2. The projects are being given to students (to be done at home) which in most cases lead to no real learning as they are either done by siblings/parents or conveniently outsourced to entrepreneurs who have set up shop.
  3. The stress on students is increasing due to minute microscopic examination of behaviour which also makes students behave artificially.
  4. No real time is being provided to students to play or participate in Co-Scholastic activities
  5. There is an element of subjectivity in assessing skills especially the co- scholastic skills.
  6. Some schools have no Parent Teacher Meeting at all or where it is convened, it remains a few and far between event.


The Board has also come to know that a section of teachers feel that they are required to put in more work in the new paradigm by way of preparing their lesson plans, designing formative activities and evolving additional teaching-learning materials. It augurs well for the teaching community that it is now beginning to move away from the textbook oriented teaching to more creative ways of involving students in the learning process. Of course, teachers will have to put in greater effort to improve their teaching on the basis of regular feedback and diagnosis followed by remedial instruction. Every class is a new experience, unique in its own way and hence repetitive and mechanical transaction has no place in the emerging classroom. While teachers may find the additional work a little challenging or even taxing, they will soon learn to enjoy their work a lot more seeing their reward in the form of improvement of their students in all the domains of their personality. Further, once they learn to plan their work in the initial phase, they will find the schedule more rewarding and less hectic.

The Board has brought out Teachers’ Manuals on Formative Assessment in the subjects of Hindi, English, Science and Social Science for class IX which are available on CBSE website. These manuals are detailed and exhaustive documents focusing on formative aspects of learning and provide valuable guidance to the teachers in respective subjects.

Schools have also been advised to familiarize parents and students with all the material, circulars, and various manuals brought out on CCE and Formative Assessments. This is essential to provide correct information to the parents. Moreover the schools need to involve parents in the changes being made in terms of transaction of syllabus, conduct of Formative Assessment, conduct of Co-Scholastic Skills and maintaining records of marks and grades in case of Summative Assessment. It is also important that schools should not be charged with subjectivity while evaluating Co- Curricular skills. It is therefore advised that schools should arrange the evaluation of co curricular skills in such a way that more than one teacher is involved for assessing Life Skills, Co-Curricular Skills, Attitudes and Values.

What is not CCE?What is CCE?What can Schools Do?
Testing/Examining the students in a formal manner every day/week is not CCE.Assessing students on a continuous basis in a cyclic manner is CCEFormative Assessment needs to be taken up with discrimination and in consultation with all subjects teachers so that projects of all subjects are not given at the same time.
Excessive homework / assignments or project work is not CCE.Collaborating of project and research work in groups;

Balancing of projects and assignments across subjects is CCE

Self learning and study skills need to be encouraged through in-class activities.

Project work may be given in groups and the group members need to work in school under the direct supervision of the teacher.

Invoking fear in students in the guise of assessment by the teacher is not CCE.Integrating assessment with teaching and learning; Balancing the Scholastic Areas with the Co- Scholastic Areas (to encourage students participation) is CCEThrough an interactive classroom, the teacher must engage students in exploring, experimenting and experiencing learning.
Minutely assessing the students for behaviour is not CCE.Encouraging and motivating students to be positive in their attitude is CCESchool may lay emphasis on Co-Scholastic Areas i.e., Life Skills, Attitudes and Values for personality development.

Giving feedback of the students to the parent from time to time is important.

Believing that Formative Assessment is only meant for students and is not indicative of a feedback mechanism of teachers teaching methodology is not CCEReference to the Manuals for Formative Assessment tools for teaching, learning, diagnosis and feedback is CCE.Uncovering and discovering syllabus is more important than merely completing syllabus in all subjects.
Lack of coordination with other subject teachers resulting in over assessment of the students is not CCE.Teacher’s judgment when made through an honest and objective appraisal without bias is CCE.Integrated Projects may be given where subjects are interlinked. Subject teachers should plan and develop the project and assess it together.
Not informing the parents and students about the parameters of assessment is not CCE.Continuous interaction with parents with regard to the students and progress performance is CCE.Sessions for parents on CCE; handouts can be given to parents and students; Details of CCE can be mentioned in the schools Almanac/ Diary/Syllabus booklet.

FOOT NOTE by myCBSEguide.com:

The CCE was introduced by CBSE to create a balance between external exams and internal assessment, however some critics also state that students’ workload has not come down, instead they are loaded with projects and oral tests throughout the year. You should go through a post by Wikipedia on this topic.

Our view on this scheme is no more different. We have always tried for a supportive format for learners which helps to develop an overall advancement in studies and other activities.

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17 thoughts on “What is CCE in CBSE Schools”

  1. syllabus in schools has not been done and papers are already round the corner. Email writing in English IX and X is not clear at all. the word limit is not specified.

  2. cce system is horrible !!!!!!too many homeworks on the same day to be completed! P.T. CLASSES ARE TAKEN for teaching other subjects

  3. In the name of CCE, the teachers are frivously engaged in making, designing and delivering smalland short question papers instead of bringing in new innovations on formative assesment. The site should offer forum for such new ideas that can be posted on the site for the benefit of all teachers accross the country. Some ideas can be obtained from evaluation systems in the foreign countries.

  4. cce increases the burden on children as regular exams as well as too much of homework with lots of projects n all r given we r nt able to focus on our studies and we r getting less marks.
    it is a feedback from me n my all frnds
    cce-we hattteeeee this system…..

  5. well let me tell u that giving a lot of power to these schools to monitor us is in itself a very pathetic idea
    no matter how hard you try the person liked by the teacher will only get the highest marks. though on the outside you’ll show that you are very transparent and not at all partial, unknowingly partiality does seep into this disgusting system!
    this might not be the case in some school but my school RIS kandivli, mumbai follows everything given above in the column “What is not CCE?”

  6. this cce system had inreased a quite burden on childres as well as teachers also due to this system childrens are not able to learn their syllabus they are always busy in making projects,assignments etc

  7. oh really i am fed up with this cce scheme…removing boards is not the solution of reducing stress .We are over burned with lot of extra work i.e,just make projects do assignments,daily a lot of tests.and then we remain unprepared for finals.Not only students even teachers are overburdend it has lots of negative points.we should have change.

  8. CCE is not being applied properly in most of the schools.our schoolalso boasts of using cce but they do not follow even a bit of it.they conduct exams as they were conducting earlier.can somebody from cce system come to various schools not for inspection but for guidlining the teachers and the school not to humiliate them but to help them to function with the cce system well to benefit the children. ASAP PLEASE

  9. i really hate this system……i mean what is the point of removing the usual boards….and if u give their so called boards u must move out of the system….completely bakwazzzz………..boooo  CCE……..this is a rejected system in some foreign country for some reason…….. 

  10. ya its ri8 many schools even don’t know what cce is?my school is one of them.perhaps i think der is no change in our study pattern…..

  11. This is the most disappointing pattern ever presented by CBSE……
    what they think is the students are robots and the teachers are their remote controllers so if they want to give so much homework they can give easily without any parental advice……
    I m also studying in a CBSE school which not like before when we were only given less homework , we were not stressfull , we were active as there was not any tension of the homework but today it is the insult of CBSE…………

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