ConveGenius Insights (CGI) runs the largest tablet-based assessment in India, with 21,309 students in 1,115 schools in 12 districts of Himachal Pradesh


ConveGenius Insights (CGI), an educational assessment platform, conducted a first statewide assessment for the Himachal Pradesh Samagra Shiksha department in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The large-scale assessment using 1,900 tablets will help develop a remedial learning strategy for the state after understanding post-COVID student learning outcomes.

The numerical assessment took place among 21,309 students from 1,115 schools in 12 districts of Himachal Pradesh. Students in grades 4, 6, and 9 were assessed in math and language using scientific assessment methodologies such as item response theory and the Rasch model. The assessment recorded an 83% attendance rate (vs. registrations) as all stakeholders gave their full support to successfully implement this forward-looking digital assessment model despite logistical challenges in the Himalayan state.

Varun Dutt, Evaluation Manager, ConveGenius Insightssaid, “This is a watershed moment in the landscape of large-scale education assessments. CGI, with the support of HP Samagra Shiksha, successfully conducted the largest tablet rating in India and probably globally. The lessons learned from this study will be critical and serve as a guide for running similar large-scale digital assessments in other geographies.

“Technology gives us the power to constantly innovate and improve assessment platforms (with built-in features to reduce poor practice in assessments), a better student experience, and improved data quality. It provides near real-time data to help administrators and policy makers kickstart education. Digital ratings are the future and are here to stay.

Jairaj, Co-Founder and Managing Director at ConveGenius, said, “The Himachal tab-based assessment is the first time an education assessment has been conceptualized and implemented statewide using tablets. This is a technological disruption in the appraisal segment as previously appraisals were done with pen and paper which took 2-3 months. Our model improves the pace and integrity of data collection. We also fixed an online and offline issue, especially for remote areas where internet connectivity can be intermittent. »

Aditya Chopra, vice president of Samagra, said, “We were delighted to partner with ConveGenius Insights (CGI) to conduct a first-of-its-kind third-party tablet-based assessment for the state of Himachal Pradesh. The assessment helped the state government establish a baseline of student learning levels, which was essential after schools closed due to Covid-19. Leveraging insights from this assessment, we are designing programs under the Samarth Program for Systemic Education Transformation in the State. The government has widely embraced technology and data, and we are excited about the opportunities ahead. »

Samar Bajaj, Director, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation India, LLP, said, “Besides the heavy use of technology, where tablets were used to test over 20,000 students, CGI stands out for reliable and faster testing. Large-scale assessments provided a ‘system level’ view of learning and identifying trends, leading to interventions such as an intensive remedial program, individual student workbooks and a repository of digital content.We hope that other states will replicate the implementation implementing similar data-driven solutions.

ConveGenius Insights (CGI) pioneered models to develop modern measurement techniques in education. Services include a range of assessments tailored to the demands of on-the-ground action and India’s diversity.

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