SAMIKSHA is a state-wide monitoring mechanism used by the Department of School and Mass Education (DSME), Odisha to track improvements in the quality of elementary education in Odisha from November 2010 onwards. It involves continuous monitoring of around 40000 elementary schools every month by 4800 Cluster Resource Centre Coordinators (CRCC) and other field functionaries with the help of several quality indicators covering the following Key Performance Areas (KPA):
- School Environment
- CCE and Sahaja - Curricular Components
- CCE and Sahaja - Other Curricular Components
- School-Community Linkage
- School Management
- MDM Programme
The number of quality indicators is revised from time to time as per requirement and need. Monitors observe all aspects of the school, including classroom transaction, infrastructure, school-community linkage, other curricular activities, school management and implementation of Mid-Day Meal programme. Besides they provide on-site pedagogical support to the school during the visit.
In addition, continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) is also undertaken at the elementary stage. CCE involves holistic assessment of curricular (language and mathematics, etc.), extra-curricular (physical education, scientific skills, arts etc.) and socio-personal qualities of children in a non-threatening environment.