Standards for teacher competence in educational assessment of students: Nigerian teachers’ ratings of their need.

Standards for teacher competence in educational assessment of students: Nigerian teachers’ ratings of their need.

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Standards for teacher competence in educational assessment of students: Nigerian teachers’ ratings of their need.

As part of all teacher education programmes in Nigeria, educational assessment of students is emphasized. Within the educational system, a school-based assessment is equally given priority. Therefore teachers should have competence in educational assessment of students if the goals of the educational system are to be achieved. A shortfall in the knowledge base of teachers in this area means that assessment benefits may not be realized, and the need to mount a pre-service upgrading programmes ,become necessary. It is against this background that this study attempted to find out teachers’, expressed competence in assessment of students. The competences examined are those relating to ‘,selecting, developing, applying, using, communicating and evaluating student assessment information and student assessment practices’,. The population will comprise all teachers in basic schools drawn from a large urban area in Nigeria. A sample of 1,000 teachers with 500 from each of primary and junior secondaryschools would be utilized. The questionnaire used focused on the ‘,Standards for teacher competence in educational assessment of students’, was used. It requested respondents to indicate their level of competence. The data were analyzed using means, standard deviations, t-test and an interpretative norm. It is anticipated this would highlight areas of need on the basis of which a retraining programme can be ,designed. In this way the goals and objectives of school-based assessment in Nigeria would be attained.

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