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Use of multiple measures through assessment as a panacea for quality shaping of Nigerian learners
Individual’s and institution’s activities are mostly purpose-driven that require decision-making. Quality decisions are dependent on assessment measures. To rely on a single measure is inviting trouble both in terms of how it will distort the identity of the learner because of its limited validity. Assessment plays a central role in Nigeria’s educational practices especially in generating, analyzing and supplying information for decision-making. This paper focuses on the need to use multiple measures through quality assessments in decision-making for selection and placement of learners in Nigerian institutions. Qualities of measuring instrument and the theories employed in assessment are also addressed. Among others the paper recommends the use of multiple measures rather than single measure in selection or placement assessment. To this end valid assessment data based on modern test theories should be used by decision-makers for predictability or accountability purposes.
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