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EFFECTIVE TESTING: AN ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENT FOR ENGLISH PROGRAMMES By
University of Yaounde I, Cameroon
How can we better obtain educational objectives?
Educational objectives are better obtained through testing. A good testing system does not only indicate learners’ progress and the out put of a school but enhances political stability as well.
… to develop national tests of student achievement in reading and in math….Every state should adopt high national standards … every state should test every fourth grader in reading and every eighth grader in math to make sure these standards are met. William Jefferson Clinton (February 4, 1997 )
help ministerial officials to diagnose, evaluate, account for, and improve the school system
reveal learning problems and strengths, indicating where modes of remediation are needed
help ministerial and school authorities to improve the academic staff situation
foster the accountability of schools
Answer questions on school performance
3. They help in grading: Universities in Cameroon conform to the following grading system Mark GPA ( Grade Point Average) Grades Honours Mention 16-20 4.00 A, A+ 1st Class Tr ès Bien 14-15.99 3-3.50 B, B+ 2nd Class (Lower - Upper) Bien 12-13.99 2.50 C+ 3rd Class Assez Bien 10-11.99 2.00 C Pass Passable
What are some of setbacks of standardised tests? 1)They give false information about the status of learning in nation’s schools. 2) Selection of high achieving school’s high overall scores. 3) U nfair or biased against some kinds of students 4) corrupt the process of teaching and learning 5) time, energy and attention focused on the simpler skills tested
6) high achieving students are penalised if individual grades are averaged
Implement assessments that are tied to real application of learning skills.
Recommend alternative or authentic assessment systems
3. Set a variety of tests
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