What are the Characteristics of Evaluation?

1. It involves assessment of all the teaching-learning outcomes in terms of overall behavioural changes. It goes beyond the knowledge objectives to cover skill, application, interest, attitude and appreciation objectives. Therefore, the area and field of testing the stipulated objectives has been greatly increased by adopting this new term.

2. It involves forming judgements and taking decisions about the child’s progress, difficulties encountered by him and taking corrective measures to improve his learning.

3. Evaluation requires interpretation of data in a careful manner.


4. Evaluation is continuous. It is not confined to one particular class or stage of education. It is to be conducted continuously as the student passes from one stage to another, from one class to other, from one school to the other. It starts at the time the child seeks admission in a particular grade in the form of placement evaluation; it continues as the child proceeds, from one unit to another unit of instruction in the form of formative and diagnostic evaluation and ends in summative evaluation at the end of instruction in a particular grade.

5. Evaluation is comprehensive. It is not simply concerned with the academic status of the student but with all aspects of his grow i.e. which includes both cognitive and non-cognitive aspects.

6. Evaluation includes all the means of collecting information about the student’s learning. The evaluator should make use of tests, observation, interview, rating scale, check list and value judgement to gather complete and reliable information about the students.