The Government of India through the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has been conducting National Achievement Surveys (NAS) for classes III, V and VII / VIII to provide information about the learning achievement of students at regular intervals. Till date the NCERT has completed three cycles of such surveys. The outcomes of the latest third cycle of NAS is given as follows:
The survey results of class III have revealed that – In Language, average achievement of students was about 64%. In Mathematics, average achievement of students was 66%. The achievement of boys was slightly higher than the girls in Mathematics whereas girls’ achievement was slightly higher than boys in Language. The achievement of urban students was slightly higher than the rural students in both the subjects. In Language about 65% children were able to listen to a passage with understanding and respond correctly to question thereon, 86% children were able to look at pictures and match the correct name related to the picture, nearly 59% children were able to answer question correctly after reading a short story themselves. In Mathematics, 69% children could do two-digit additions, 65% children were able to subtract three digit numbers, 63% were able to do simple multiplication, 57% students could do division, 59% students were able to find out place value, 66% were able to correctly answer questions on geometrical shapes, 66% could do measurement of time correctly, 77% were able to answer questions on data handling correctly; 78% could do correctly on money related questions and 69% could do correctly on patterns.