An evaluation of the awareness of the need to ensure validity in the continuous assessment component of examination by some Lecturers of Kaduna Polytechnic

An evaluation of the awareness of the need to ensure validity in the continuous assessment component of examination by some Lecturers of Kaduna Polytechnic

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An evaluation of the awareness of the need to ensure validity in the continuous assessment component of examination by some Lecturers of Kaduna Polytechnic

Marks emanating from continuous assessment (CA) being forty (40) of each subject ,or course in most cases form an integral part of the final results of students earned ,at the point of graduation from all levels of education the world over. At the tertiary ,level, particularly, while care is taken to ensure that examination question setting ,and administration are carefully managed to ensure validity among other ,considerations, the management of CA is entirely left to the dictates of individuallecturers. This paper evaluates the awareness of the importance of CA by lecturers ,of Kaduna Polytechnic and draws their attention to the need to ensure validity in CAby engaging a set of questionnaires .The data obtained was analyzed using frequency ,counts and contents analysis. The conclusion of the findings suggests that the ,lecturers do not attach the desired importance to CA when compared to Examination ,and do not go out of their way to ensure the validity of the items in their CA. To ,improve the situation, the paper suggests the organization of a workshop to discussthe subject matter alongside the strategies to engage in order to achieve validity in ,CA as much as in examination through peer collaboration.

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