Continuous Assessment Practices in Osun State (Nigeria) Secondary Schools: From Policy to Practice
The Nigeria's National Policy on Education (NPE) recommended the use of continuous assessment for taking summative decisions on students' level of attainment at the end of any level of schooling. The federal government through the Ministry of Education (MOE) equally provided policy guidelines aimed at streamlining the assessment practices in Nigerian schools. This paper attempts to conduct an investigation to ascertain whether there exist gaps in the policy statements and actuality of practice by the secondary schools in the country. It is also part of the objectives of the paper to find out the level of school involvement in students' assessment; to survey the areas where gaps exist as well as recommending a framework that could help in reducing the variance between assessment policies and practices in Nigerian secondary schools. The study population is all the secondary schools in Osun state, Nigeria. A total of sixty secondary schools will be selected for the study. Two secondary schools (one private and one public) shall be selected from each of the thirty Local Government Areas of the state. The instrument for data collection shall be principally record of assessment by teachers. Assessment record of ten teachers shall be observed in each of the schools. Sample selection in each school shall be done using accidental method. Appropriate statistical techniques shall be employed in data analyses. The results are expected to reveal the current practices on continuous assessment by the schools and their teachers. It is also hoped that the result will help to spotlight the areas of deviation from policy guideline on appropriate continuous assessment practices for Nigerian schools.
Keywords: Continuous Assessment, Policy, Practice, Secondary Schools.
Dr. Bamidele Abiodun Faleye
Ph.D. Candidate in Tests and Measurement, Department of Educational Foundations and Counselling, Faculty of Education , Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife