The aim of this research was to explore how examiners achieve and maintain high quality assessment during marking and moderation of the BGCSE (Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education) Home Economics coursework in Botswana. In 2000, localization of the Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) to the Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) took place as per the recommendations of the Revised National Policy on Education (RNPE) document. This new certificate system, marked locally, allows for varied modes of assessment, with more emphasis being placed on continuous assessment. In addition the assessment is school-based, with teachers centrally involved. However, implementation of this new assessment approach exposed, among other challenges, challenges in establishing dependability of teachers’ assessment, possible increase in teacher workload, teachers’ lack of expertise and confidence in undertaking the assessment scheme. This book should provide useful knowledge for examiners and all those involved in assessment as well as being a handy reference material for the practising educationist in any adminstrative capacity.
This book clearly shows that a significant number of physical education students achieved high coursework marks, but then performed poorly in Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) physical education examinations. Given that the two assessment modes generally tested the same knowledge base and skills, it was thought that a diligent and proper conduct of coursework would enhance learning which would, in turn, be reflected in a good examination performance. The study in the culmination of this book, explored a survey inferential design. Data were collected from Botswana Examination Council official academic record and analyzed by finding the Pearson correlation coefficient, regression coefficients and performing ANOVA for trend analysis. The prediction model for coursework was determined by fitting the values of the relevant parameters in the linear regression model. The book's findings indicate clearly that coursework scores were a good predictor of performace in BGCSE physical education examinations among senior secondary school students.
A Teacher’s Guide to Classroom Assessment is a comprehensive guide that shows step-by-step how to effectively integrate assessment into the classroom. Written for both new and seasoned teachers, this important book offers a practical aid for developing assessment skills and strategies, building assessment literacy, and ultimately improving student learning. Based on extensive research, this book is filled with illustrative, down-to-earth examples of how classroom assessment works in classrooms where assessment drives the instruction. The authors present the Classroom Assessment Cycle—Clarifying learning targets, Collecting assessment evidence, Analyzing assessment data, and Modifying instruction based upon assessment data—that demonstrates how one assessment action must flow into the next to be effective. Each chapter details the kinds of assessment evidence that are the most useful for determining student achievement and provides instruction in the analysis of assessment data.
Summative Assessment in the Early Years is a practical, user-friendly guide that illustrates successful observational techniques and offers ways of using summative assessment to help all children, allowing them to achieve their full potential.