Mainstreaming Learning Outcomes in Education Governance

Date: 13 December, 2018

Venue: Deputy Speaker Hall, Constitution Club of India

On 13 December, we hosted a roundtable on the role of learning outcomes in school education in India. Premised on our working Policy Blueprint on Learning Outcomes in education, the roundtable addressed the need for a consensus on the definition and modes of assessment of student learning outcomes, urging for a shift from the RTE's enduring input-based regulation of education in the country.

Chaired by Dr Parth J. Shah, President,CCS, the discussion was steered by Vikram Bhat, Director, Research & Advocacy, Dream a Dream Foundation and Vyjayanthi Sankar, Founder and Executive Director, Centre for Science of Student Learning (CSSL). It addresses the following core questions:

  1. What are the elements beyond reading, writing and arithmetic that could constitute learning outcomes?
  2. What are the global lessons from the use of learning outcomes for governance?
  3. How can we measure and use outcomes for improving school education in India?


The roundtable brought together 28 participants, including representatives from the government, leaders of civil society organisations, policy experts, academicians, educationists and researchers.

We also had a consultation with the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) of India on 10 December 2018 to provide technical assistance in building an outcome-based audit system for schools in India. CAG’s invitation was a big win for CCS, since we have been consistently advocating for orienting education governance towards outcomes. Besides Parth J Shah, two other CCS board members–Amit Kaushik and Geeta Gandhi Kingdon–were also present at the meeting.

To know more about the discussion outcomes or our policy blueprint on learning outcomes write to