CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA – WHERE TO FROM HERE

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CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA – WHERE TO FROM HERE

In South Africa from 2001 onwards, a candidate had to meet the requirements of a classroom assessment component, called Continuous Assessment (CASS) now School Based Assessment (SBA) ,and a written examination to obtain a Senior Certificate. Research and analysis of the classroom component by the South African Certification Council (SAFCERT), now Umalusi, found that the SBA component was not valid and reliable. This resulted in the introduction of statistical moderation of the classroom component using the external examination as the benchmark by SAFCERT i.e. the mean of CASS marks per centre per subject was adjusted to a mean of 5 % above the mean of the written examination markThis paper suggests that CASS/SBA should be more clearly defined and its purpose clearly specified to inform implementation. Improved reliability and validity of CASS/SBA implementation will most likely result in a review of Umalusi’,s statistical moderation approach and lead to the development of alternate moderation processes. The paper also suggests other possible ways to improve the validity and reliability of CASS/SBA as a summative assessment component, which would include alternate ,methods of moderation of CASS/SBA.

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