ASSESSMENT

Pan African College of Education is supportive of the desire of the NCCE to foster quality Learning among student teachers, assessment which measures how well learners have attained the learning outcomes (i.e. the Teacher Standards) is considered pivotal in the new Teacher Education Programmes.

Consequently, accreditation and monitoring exercises of the NCCE, which Pan African College of Education is ever ready for will be geared towards evaluating the extent to which assessment is used to enhance the quality of College graduates as exemplified by the Teacher Standards. The new curricula suggest that Teacher educators need to know and use assessment procedures for learning and not just to gauge student-teachers’ mastery of content or skills.

Pan African College of Education, Offa Nigeria has Directorate of Quality Assurance (DQA) that will monitor assessment in the Institution. This DQA Unit collects, collates, analyses, and regularly update all available forms of data on assessment (from schools, departments, examination offices, student notebooks, teachers’ Learning Programmes or Course Outline, etc.).

The NCCE shall audit reports from this Unit in our college during its visits and use them to make judgments about the quality of the programmes of the institution.

In line with the overall educational approach, assessment does not only measure whether student teachers have acquired the necessary content knowledge but also provide evidence that student teachers have acquired the necessary professional skills and attitudes.

Characteristics of Assessment

The following are the expected characteristics of the type of assessment NCE our college implement:

  • consistent with the Teacher Standards;
  • reliable, valid, credible, and relevant as regards the learning it measures;
  • held in a suitable and conducive assessment environment;
  • focused on finding out whether students have developed the expected conceptual understanding, as well as problem solving and practical teaching skills;
  • conducted regularly to enhance and monitor the effectiveness of the learning process.
Assessment

Pan African College of Education maintains Examination/Continuous Assessment as currently practised, based on the prescriptions provided in the Minimum Standards (60:40) Examination.

However, emphasis at this time will be put on evaluating student-centered learning that focuses on measuring successful development of the attitudes, skills and knowledge expected of an accomplished teacher.

For every course there shall be regular assessment — at least once a month. The overall CA of the course consist of at least two tasks (one group, one individual) and two tests (one written, one practical).

In addition, the NCCE emphasises that the assessment must be designed to reflect the kind of learning that it intends to measure, so that learning of practical skills is not measured by a theoretical test. In line with this our lecturers also ensure that our student teachers get feedback after every assessment in order to give the student teachers the opportunity for improvement in their learning.

By the end of a course, an overall assessment will be given. This overall assessment should show evidence of the student teacher’s achievement of the overall learning in that course.

Management of Assessment

The Management of Assessment shall be based on the prescriptions in the Minimum Standards (60:40).
In addition, NCCE emphasizes that every Institution should be able to show evidence of effective examination/assessment procedures by:

  • keeping samples of C.A questions/tests that must be made available for monitoring purposes;
  • appointment of qualified external examiners;
  • analysis and action based on comprehensive reports from external examiners;
  • student teachers should be given results of each CA task or test within 4 weeks, and of final examinations within 8 weeks;
  • ensuring the use of appropriate examination questions in terms of the Teacher Standards and the coverage of content;
  • student teachers’ scripts being assessed with consistent marking schemes;
  • maintaining an examination system that provides tor adequate redress in case of alleged irregularities;
  • ensuring that the entire assessment procedure for a course is investigated by the IQA Unit where the CA results differ significantly from the overall results.
  • CA results in a course must be submitted to the HOD and captured by the DQA Unit before the examination of that course takes place.

All these complies with Pan Africoed without any prejudice.