Teacher assessment practices in South African schools

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Teacher assessment practices in South African schools

The Teacher Assessment Practices study was conducted by the Centre for Education Quality Improvement in collaboration with the National Department of Education as part of a national programme to implement an effective assessment system for improving learning in South African schools. The purpose of the study was to determine how assessment was understood and applied in schools to support the development and implementation of an effective classroom based computerised system. Using both qualitative and quantitative approaches, information was obtained on: (a) teacher beliefs and understanding of assessment, (b) level of preparedness and support in the use of assessment information, (c) the nature of teacher assessment practices, (d) assessment problems confronting teachers, and (e) teacher use of computers. This paper begins with a background to the study followed by a review of classroom assessment practices in South Africa. It then outlines the methodology used followed by a discussion of the findings. The paper concludes by listing key challenges to be addressed for the effective implementation of the computerised assessment system to enhance teacher assessment practices in South African schools.

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