Student achievement: a gauge for attaining quality education

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Student achievement: a gauge for attaining quality education

A CREDIBLE ASSESSMENT FOR COMPARING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT COULD BE A BENCHMARK IN FORMULATING POLICIES TOWARDS UPLIFTING THE LEVEL OF EDUCATION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. Surveys of student performance have been carried out regularly by international agencies, the result of which usually portrays the school’,s level of performance vis-à,-vis the standard set by the evaluating body. Though commonly participated only by about five percent (5%) of colleges and universities in each country, still its significance cannot be ignored. Firstly, the comparison ,system could point-out the weaknesses not only the schools under assessment but also those who were not included in the process. Secondly, advanced methods and strategies, functionalprocesses and technologies of top-notch performers could be emulated and imbibed by lowperformers.Thirdly, students in schools which are below standards, with a purpose of redeeming their institution, could be motivated to excel in their studies and consequently pursue a good career. Fourthly, higher learning institutions could be instigated to look for alternative ways to uplift their functions and performance. Finally, a system of international comparison of student achievement, highlighting the deficiencies and inadequacies in academic endeavors, would encourage the government to implement policies that may ,alleviate the poor condition of its educational system.

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