An Investigation of Assessment Practices by Teachers Business Education Subjects
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 6 No. 3 (2005): Vol-6-Issue-3-March-2005
Assessment is the process of gathering information about a student in order to make decisions about
his or her education. Assessment is used for different purposes within different levels of the educational
system, for example external assessment in most cases serve as accountability measures and as a
result they induce teachers to devote significant amounts of instructional time to preparing students to
excel in these examinations even when those examinations do not match the curricula.
However, the primary aim of assessment is to foster learning of worthwhile academic content for all
students. Education reformers agree that assessment and instruction are two sides of a coin and that
an invisible thread connects assessment, curriculum and teaching in the service of learning (Kathy,
2000). Unfortunately, when we think of assessment, we think of the traditional tests but Odetoyinbo
(2004) citing Noori (1993) submitted that she is of contrary opinion when she stated that for years, tests
have been designed to reflect the positivistic-quantitative paradigm and have been developed to
ensure that children are learning the ‘basics’.