Quality Initiatives


  • Quality improvement in education is the prime goal of the State.

  • Adequate learning opportunities have been made in every school.

  • A series of interventions such as Trimester system, CCE, SABL, ALM are in place.

  • Periodical assessment and Assessment Survey have been initiated to know the learning levels of children.

  • Based on findings of the assessment required In-service trainings are provided.


  • Periodical visits by SPD to schools.

  • Monthly visit by DEE, Joint Directors

  • Regular visit by SCERT/DIET faculties to BRC/CRC and schools.

  • Frequent visit by BRTEs/CRTEs, AEEOs and Supervisors

  • Discussion is made at Block level.

  • HMs and Teachers’ meeting are arranged during visits.

  •  Weekend Meetings in every BRC on performance of schools.

  • Periodical review at District and State Level.

  • Up dation of child’s achievement charts, children folios, CCE related activities are ensured in every classroom.


School visit by State and District officials:

  • Ensures Quality Education to all School age children.

  • Enabled observation of methodologies like SABL, SALM and ALM.

  • Facilitated teachers and provided academic support.

  • Teachers and students were motivated

  • Enabled to observe the training impact in the classroom transaction.

  • Regular monitoring increases academic performance and school sanitations.  

  • Identified training needs.

  • Identify civil requirements and other related facilities.

  • Grading schools (A / B / C / D / E) on the basis of teacher performance and methodology adaptation has been done

  • Increase enrolment of students, identify OoSC and admit in regular schools or alternate centres.

  • Provided guide lines for effective utilization of grants.

  • Improved sanitation.


Schools Not Visited:

        The State desires to ensure every school is visited at least once a month. In rare situations a few schools go unvisited during a particular month. During the review meetings on Fridays at Block level, such situations are discussed and steps are taken to complete school visit. The list of schools not visited every month is collected and reviewed by State Project Director every month.  Through this, periodical visit to every school is being ensured.

Quality Monitoring Tools (QMT)

It is necessary to create mechanisms for monitoring to ensure provision of Quality Education in a systematic manner. NCERT has put in place a massive programme of monitoring the quality dimensions of elementary education throughout the country. As per RTE Act 2009, NCF 2005 and SSA Framework 2011, QMT formats have been redesigned by NCERT which is further modified appropriate to the state and are in use from the year 2013-14. In this regard, online entry of attendance and achievement level of the children from all Government and Government Aided schools has been done every year.

Periodical Assessment

Periodical Assessment is an important Quality Monitoring Tool implemented by the state. The objective of conducting periodical assessment is to assess the learning skills in terms of reading, writing both in Tamil and English and arithmetic skills. The assessment is conducted in the months of July/August and February/March. It is not only to assess and monitor the achievement level of children but also to make judicious assessments of teacher performance and to infer training needs of teachers to facilitate students better and to improve instruction process. The findings of Periodical Assessment have been entered online from the academic year 2017-18.


Performance Indicators (PINDICS) are used to assess the performance and progress of teachers and are in place from the year 2014-15. NCERT developed tools have been modified as appropriate to the State. Performance standards are the areas in which teachers perform their tasks and responsibilities. PINDICS is based on the provisions in sections 24, 29 and the schedule specifying norms and standards for schools in the RTE Act 2009, NCF-2005 and SSA Framework-2011. Performance Standards communicate expectations for each responsibility area of the job performance of the teachers.

        Teachers have been instructed to fill the form individually followed by the HMs remarks after careful observation of the activities of the teachers. The filled up PINDICS forms are scrutinized by the BRTE’s after close monitoring of the teachers activities which are subsequently entered online in the software developed.

School Standard and Evaluation (Shaala Siddhi):

A national programme on ‘Shaala siddhi’ has been implemented across the state in all Government and Government Aided Schools during 2016-17.  Training was given to all the Headmasters. The process of self evaluation and the online entry in the SSE Dashboard have been completed by many States and Tamil Nadu is one among them. It has also been appreciated during the meeting on External Evaluation that Tamil Nadu is one of the best high performing States under this Programme.

In continuation of this, External Evaluation of the schools is to be initiated with the team which includes highest level of officials at the State / District based on the specific guidelines issued.




Partnership between Schools


        A Programme of “Partnership between Schools” have been initiated by MHRD and inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and guidelines have been framed which aims to link schools located in rural areas with private, aided or Government schools in urban or semi urban areas to enable interaction amongst the students and sharing of experience.  School partnership program is a great way to bring standard and quality education to life for young learners. For students, this sort of exchange can help develop their core skills and an appreciation for cultural diversity, for teachers, it paves the way of growing professionally and sharing knowledge and teaching best practices with new audience.

        Partnership between schools program leads to share teaching sequences and strategies. Students develop their own voice and prospective in relation to peers. They find effective peers to emulate themselves and pool knowledge and skills. During the implementation of this programme 2016 – 17, 385 schools from Rural areas had been identified and in partnership schools of 385 are selected from urban areas for implementation.  In the year 2017 – 18, 286 schools from Rural areas had been identified and in partnership schools of 286 are selected from urban areas. Similarly, for the academic year 2018 – 19, it is planned to implement this programme in 572 schools and the programme is in process.

State Level Achievement Survey (SLAS)

As an initiative  towards  emphasizing  quality  in  education  in  all  the  districts  of Tamil Nadu, SSA has been conducting SLAS since 2013. Basic level achievements are identified and remedial measures are taken for the benefit of children. The first SLAS was conducted in the year 2013-14 with a standardized tool for gathering information on student’s achievement, schools, teachers and student’s background and its influence on student’s achievement. Sequentially, in 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 the SLAS was conducted successfully for Class III, V, and VIII assessing Tamil, English and Mathematics and in addition to this science for class VIII is also conducted.

The survey provides comprehensive information related to students, school, teacher and achievement of students in class III, V and VIII. This survey presents the factual information regarding the progress of students and factors influencing the achievement of students both quantitatively and qualitatively. SSA, Tamil Nadu is a pioneer among States of the country in applying IRT (Item Response Theory) for tool development, analyzing and interpreting the result.

As per the guidelines given by NCERT, SLAS was conducted in Tamil Nadu and this initiative has resulted in positive changes taking place in every class room focusing on achievement of students.

National Achievement Survey (NAS)

        National Achievement Survey has been conducted for classes 3, 5 and 8 during this academic year with a new approach in all Districts across the nation. In addition to this, National Achievement Survey for Class 9 and 10 has also been conducted during this academic year.  This Survey has been conducted based on the learning outcomes. Based on the survey findings, suitable remedial course of action for immediate interventions, long term intervention for improvement is planned.  The curricular expectation, expected learning outcomes are to be linked in the classroom pedagogical process, for which necessary inputs have been planned to be provided to teachers in 2018 – 19 after the introduction of new curriculum based textbooks. In addition to this, for the academic year 2018-19, specific intervention for classes I to 12 are to be planned.

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