Kerala and Tamil Nadu Emerge as Top Performers in NITI Aayog’s Education Quality Index

Kerala and Tamil Nadu have retained their places as the best states in terms of quality of school education as per NITI Aayog’s School Education Quality Index released earlier this week.
While Kerala was given a total evaluation point of 82.2%, Tamil Nadu got 73.4%. The SEQI report, which analysed the quality of education for 2016-2017, placed Haryana, Assam and Uttar Pradesh among the top three states for its incremental progress (compared to 2015-2016).
The Education Index for Haryana revealed a progress of 18.5% placing the state in the first position. Meanwhile, Assam came in a close second having registered a rise of 16.4% while Uttar Pradesh had improved by 13.64%.
Uttarakhand and Karnataka were the only states to have negative results scoring -1.33% and – 3.61% scores.
NITI Aayog developed the School Education Quality Index (SEQI) to evaluate the performance of states and union territories (UTs) in the school education sector with the aim to bring an education policy focused on outcomes by providing States and UTs with a platform to identify their strengths and weaknesses.
The SEQI was released on Monday by the NITI Aayog Vice Chairman, Dr Rajiv Kumar in the presence of NITI Aayog Member Dr Vinod Paul, CEO Amitabh Kant and Secretary in the Department of School Education and Literacy, Rina Ray. The event was also attended bt representatives from the MHRD and the World Bank.
The survey made an overt effort not to compare apples with oranges and instead group tge states and UTs into large states, small states and UTs. The indicator values were then appropriately scaled, normalised and weighted to generate an overall performance score and ranking for each state and UT.

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