A stitch in time saves nine – Baseline survey of Primary and Upper Primary students in Tamil Nadu.

Report Bee has been analyzing the Tamil Nadu 10th and 12th Standard Board Exam results for the last 3 years. We found many interesting insights in the Board Exam results, which were used by the Tamil Nadu government to formulate new educational policies. But we felt that getting such similar insights from the learning data of primary school students would be more useful to take immediate remedial measures.

The Tamil Nadu Education Department partnered with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to conduct a Baseline assessment study in the Primary (classes 1 to 5) and Upper Primary (classes 6 to 8) segments in Tamil Nadu. Naturally, the Report Bee team was excited when we were invited by the Tamil Nadu Government to analyze the performance data collected through this Baseline study.

This Baseline study was conducted in the form of a surprise test administered to

a large number of school students all over the state. Students from different communities were selected for the test, to ensure unbiased outcomes. The test scores were recorded and analyzed to understand the condition of Primary and Upper Primary education in the state.

This test was done for English, Mathematics and Tamil. English and Tamil, being language subjects, were tested for Reading, Writing and Listening & Retention skills.

In typical Report Bee style, our analysis was presented in the form of rich visualizations and infographics, separately for Primary and Upper Primary students.

Some highlights from the study:

  • Female students perform better than their male counterparts, as ever, in the schooling system.
  • The Reading and Listening & Retention abilities of the students don’t always match, which should ring some alarm bells for educators.
  • Social communities and the regional clusters have a strong impact on the student’s performance.


About Tamil Nadu Educational District

Tamil Nadu

is divided into 64 educational districts and each of the districts is further divided into multiple blocks. Each block has multiple schools under different classifications – Government, private aided, private unaided and Adi Dravidar Welfare (ADW) schools.

About SSA

The Government of India initiated a program called Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to achieve universalization of elementary education in children of 6-14 years of age. SSA is implemented in partnership with the State Governments to cover the entire country and address the needs of 192 million children in 1.1 million habitations of the nation.

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