EFFECTS OF CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT SCORES ON THE FINAL SCORES USED IN GRADING STUDENTS AT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL IN GHANA

EFFECTS OF CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT SCORES ON THE FINAL SCORES USED IN GRADING STUDENTS AT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL IN GHANA

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EFFECTS OF CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT SCORES ON THE FINAL SCORES USED IN GRADING STUDENTS AT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL IN GHANA

In 1987, the Government of Ghana embarked on educational policy reform programmes. Following this, continuous assessment scores generated by teachers through classroom assessments were incorporated in the final grading of students at a ratio of 60:40 and later 70:30 (External : Continuous Assessment) based on researchfindings that the latter was accepted as more appropriate. Presently there is proposal from the Ghana EducationService for parity, 50:50 ratio, even though the perceptions of low reliability of continuous assessment scores persisted.This paper examines the effect of different weightings of continuous assessment scores on the final scores of students. The final scores of candidates in two subjects from twenty senior high schools using the different weightings, 70:30, 60:40, 50:50 of the assessment scores were compared. It is hoped that, the findings would ,contribute to the search for an appropriate weighting of external assessment to continuous assessment.

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