Introduction: Evaluation is the process of examining a program or process to determine what's working, what's not, and why. It determines the value of learning and training programs and acts as blueprints for judgment and improvement. The goal of formative assessment is to gather feedback that can be used by the students to guide improvements in learning context. Objectives: (1) to analyze the effectiveness of formative assessment on academic excellence of paramedical Students. Materials and Methods: Observational Retrospective study was done. Cohort of 38 paramedical students studying Bachelor of Nursing course was selected and their baseline data was obtained. Mark register was scrutinized to extract weekly Exam and university exam marks. Grading of 5 kept as optimum level both marks were graded in 10 point scale. Results: The computed result shows that there is a positive correlation between formative and university exam results in all subjects namely Anatomy Physiology, Nutrition Biochemistry, Psychology, and Microbiology , Secondly there is a significant positive association between weekly and university Examination marks in all subjects, but contradictory Psychology subject has no association Conclusions: The result shown that there is a positive correlation between formative and university exam results which indicates that a student scored high in weekly exams has a possibility of getting High marks in their university exams. The study findings explored that ongoing formative assessment and proving feedback serve as bench mark for students to improve their learning context, which promotes deeper understanding of subjects and shine with excellence in academics. Recommendations: (1)Encourage the students to identify their strength and weakness in learning to achieve optimum level academic performance. (2)Teachers also can improve their teaching by getting feedback in ongoing assessment. (3)Formative examination reduces the burden to students in preparing their university exams. (4)Formative assessment enhances “learning is a Joy”.
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N. Meenakumari. Assessment of Effectiveness of Formative Assessment on Academic Excellence among Paramedical Students. Int. J. Nur. Edu. and Research. 2017; 5(2): 127-130. doi: 10.5958/2454-2660.2017.00026.6