Why is LSA so Important in India?

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The name “Large Scale Assessments” suggests that these assessments are conducted on a large sample size. Researchers draw inferences on areas like policy impact and test accountability in the education field by administering these tests on a significant number of people for data collection purposes.

LSAs have gained traction in the last decade as most countries of the world and education systems are working towards improving academic performances at a policy level. Now, this brings us to a major question – why are Large Scale Assessments important?

In the Indian context, let’s paint a picture of the education system. Various bodies at the district, state, and national levels preside over over a million public schools. Let us take for granted that the national education authority has its headquarters in New Delhi. How can officials in Delhi monitor the efficiency of their policy in a district of, let’s say, Kerala, which is one of the Southern states in the country? Through Large Scale Assessments of course.


Large Scale Assessments by Class Saathi

LSAs standardize assessments based on specific metrics to measure and collate important information for researchers and policymakers. These assessments, also known as Impact Assessments, typically collect student data in two phases: 

  1. Before Policy Implementation.
  2. After Policy Implementation, usually towards the end of an academic year.

The logic is very simple then – what were student performances like before the implementation of the policy and what is it after the implementation of it. Before Large Scale Assessments go live, researchers also conduct pilot tests in smaller groups and draw expected inferences from the test group.

So, if the findings from the LSAs in any district or subgroup are widely deviant, then researchers can also find out what channels in the education ecosystem are not performing their duties properly. 

As you can see, it is a method of assessing students with the aim of testing the efficiency of the education system that serves them. How wildly important is that?

India has legislated education as a system that is free and compulsory for all. When the stakes are so high and when 250 million students in India are accessing the public education system, the need for accountability and quality is of top priority.

Let us understand now how LSAs benefit students. The public education system serves students across the country with quality education in a bid to equalise opportunities available to everybody, even in some of the most rural and remote parts of the country.

Our strength lies in the numbers – when there are so many students accessing education in the country, it increases the human resource index, potentially opening up the space to provide professionals with high skill value. This is aspirational of course. 

LSAs provide a framework of observation for researchers to enhance the quality of the educational experience and ensure comprehensive coverage of all students under this scheme.

Students feel more empowered and confident when they know there is an authority in charge of guaranteeing them fair and equitable access. These bodies also make it a point to drive reforms and implement changes that can benefit students immediately.

Having said all of that, one thing must be clear to everybody by now – this LSA business is very time intensive and requires a huge human resource capital. People have to manually administer the tests from district to district and the data collation also happens manually.

After collating the reports, another group of professionals analyzes them before sending them to higher authorities. Simply administering and collating the data requires the involvement of three separate groups of professionals.

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With the introduction of the National Education Policy 2020, there is a grave need to cast Large Scale Assessments throughout the country. The major challenge lies in accessing human resources during restricted movement due to the pandemic. It is difficult to reach students, schools are not fully functional, and officials have been instructed to stay where they are.

We must also accept that the pandemic has been extremely expensive for the country and has affected all public spending to make matters grimmer. Additionally, it is also important to note that manual data gathering leads to high error counts. How do we ensure that LSAs can happen efficiently through all these challenges?


We at TagHive Inc. have the answer for you! We have built a flexible system that enables the formulation and implementation of Large Scale Assessments. Our platform is content, grade, curriculum and language agnostic. We create fields to accommodate the diverse requirements emerging from the field and we enable the implementation of LSAs in a short period of time.

All students, teachers and school administrators need to do is download our app and log in using the credentials provided to implement the test. Post the implementation, we collate reports and analyses based on the requirements prescribed.

So, what are we offering here? We offer a platform that is fully customizable to fit all the criteria mentioned. We also collate, report and analyse the data coming in to show policymakers, educators and researchers vital information at both macro and micro levels. 

We entered the field of LSAs through our partnership with Kaivalya Education Foundation by providing them with a platform to conduct Large Scale Assessments in two phases: 

  1. Baseline.
  2. Endline.

Over 10,000 assessments were conducted, analysed and reported on in a matter of months. Find more details on the project here.

Problems will happen regardless of a smooth functioning global environment. As the saying goes, “adversity is the mother of all invention”, and keeping this in mind, we have created technology that surmounts all these challenges and so much more!

Want to conduct Large Scale Assessments by saving time and increasing efficiency? Connect with us for more information, demos or partnership opportunities. Write to us at [email protected]!

Class Saathi’s IP-Registered AI Capabilities

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What does AI stand for?

AI stands for artificial intelligence. Computers demonstrate artificial experience in this domain, showcasing intelligence. TechTarget describes AI as “a simulation of human intelligence by machines”.

What does AI stand to achieve?

The agenda behind enlisting AI is simple. Companies use it to replace human intelligence for tasks like diagnosing problems, making decisions, predicting situations, and driving outcomes using user-generated data.

Class Saathi’s AI-Powered Technology:

If you have been following our journey, you already know that Class Saathi is a digital learning platform that solves a multitude of problems emerging from the education sector with the help of Artificial Intelligence.

Tech companies around the world use the term Artificial Intelligence broadly, leading to a misconception that all AI used in different domains is the same.

To help us establish some distinction, we spoke to AI developers at TagHive Inc., to understand how the AI technology they use for Class Saathi stands apart from their competitors. These are our findings.


Firstly, we need to understand AI in the simplest terms. Human solutions cannot address certain human problems. It could be a problem that has many dynamic facets or the volume of engagement may be too high for humans to compute and process it fully. In such cases, AI captures the problem and drives subsequent solutions.

While machines and computers are doing this activity, it is the human brain that programs artificial intelligence to function accordingly. For this reason, AI has a lot of potentials to surmount many plaguing challenges across the globe in a variety of fields.

Having set the aforementioned tone, it is now imperative that we understand how Class Saathi deploys its artificial intelligence in the field of education.

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We began by identifying the often overlooked challenges in the problem-solving domain due to their complexity. We then built frameworks that would address all these challenges with one perfect solution. Over time, we realized our solution could address many more challenges. This governing thought brought us the blueprint of our operation:

  1. Lack of accountability emerged as a general problem in the education sector with large gaps of communication between the various stakeholders, namely parents, teachers and administrators.
  2. Every student learns differently and at different paces. Catering to dynamic learning needs is a challenge that supersedes normal classroom instruction.
  3. Due to the diversity in learning needs across the education sector, targeting learning lags is a huge challenge for educators.
  4. Tracking student learning progress is often a challenge to address manually since it is not easy to conduct assessments frequently. The logistics involved are expensive and time consuming. Additionally, standard assessments lack reliability in measuring progress as they cater to specific, often small student demographics.
  5. Public education systems around the world, often the most populated in the education sector, see a high number of drop-out rates.

Listing out these problems shows you how diverse they are in nature and it seems humanly impossible to address them all with one solution. However, the AI developers at TagHive put on their creative thinking hats to create a system that not only tackles all these problems but also builds on them. Let’s see how:

  1. The Class Saathi developers created a single app for all stakeholders, establishing a transparent communication system for sharing, analyzing, and configuring reports seamlessly. What it also does is use AI diagnostic tools to key in on specific focus areas of the problem and offer it to the stakeholders for tracking and monitoring.
  2. Class Saathi’s AI technology uses knowledge level diagnostics to accurately describe each child’s learning pace and level instantly. To top that, the personalised learning engine generates tests optimised for each level specifically catering to every student’s learning needs.
  3. The Rapid Diagnostic technology that Class Saathi’s AI enables allows teachers to see where exactly each student’s learning lags are. This is otherwise impossible to do manually, even in a small class of 50 students.
  4. Class Saathi allows for teachers to conduct assessments as and when they want to with no additional planning or cost. It saves time and money. What it also does more specifically is use knowledge tracing AI technology to analyse student reports based on assessments to predict potential progress for each student, based on their unique learning levels.
  5. Lastly, Class Saathi’s AI developers are planning to tackle student attrition through an AI capability called study pattern prediction that can warn educators when a student is at a high risk of dropping out of the system

Class Saathi occupies a unique position in the education system. We are a solution that acts as a personalised learning platform, a digital assessment solution, a diagnostic tool, a communication network based on evidence and so much more. Creative minds in the industry curated cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence technology to enable all the aforementioned elements.

Want to know more about us? Write to us at [email protected] to schedule a demo!