Building Teacher Capacity in Classroom Assessment to Improve Student Learning in Basic Education Level

Abstract:

Education is a social institution and is subject to change in response to social dynamics. Because the teacher can provide the much needed quality control devices through student assessment, he/she can be seen as the manager, motivator or at best, the managing director and chief executive officer of the educational system. However, the Nigerian teacher is incapacitated in many areas due to the nature of environment he/she operates. The most meaningful information for improving instruction and providing clear and useful feedback to learners is collected daily in the classroom through classroom assessment of the learners. There is a direct relationship between appropriate classroom assessment techniques and higher student achievement, to the extent that when practiced effectively, can improved student learning. The academic imperative is for teachers to renovate their professional competence and capacity to be able to respond to the dynamics of classroom assessment. This paper therefore, discussed the status of Nigerian teacher and learning today, areas of capacity building for teachers to be able to respond to challenges of classroom assessment, the relationship between classroom assessment and improved student learning. It recommended among others, the training and retraining of teachers on newer methods/techniques of classroom assessment and teachers sharing ideas with peers through teacher moderation (collective assessment of student work).