New Delhi: The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has announced November 13 as the date for conducting its National Assessment Survey (NAS) for the students of Class 3, 5, and 8, officials said on Wednesday.

The date was announced during a video conference held between the HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and the State Education Secretaries, Directors, SCERT (State Council of Educational Research & Training) and Project Directors for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

The decision for the date was taken after "consulting each and every state regarding holidays or festivals to ensure full and smooth conduct" said a statement from ministry.

So far, during several rounds of the survey, a total of 4.45 lakh students have been tested for various 'Learning Outcomes'.

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"This time, approximately 30 lakh students will be assessed in the year 2017-18 making it the world's largest sample survey of student learning achievement," said the statement.

"It is for the first time that the teachers will have a tool to understand what exactly the child should be learning in various classes... adding to this, for the first time there will be a detailed district-specific report card for all the districts in the country," it added.

So far, NCERT has conducted four rounds of National Achievement Survey (NAS) for Class 5, three rounds for Classes 3 and 8 and one round for Class 10.

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