Best Assessment Strategies in Secondary Schools

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Learning is a continuous process and therefore there should be a continuous evaluation, assessment and timely feedback for all the learning activities. For the teaching- learning process in secondary schools to be effective, the curriculum should be designed with clear cut curricular objectives and the ultimate duty of the teacher is to assess the learning outcomes with reference to the set objectives.


Interactive assessment in the classroom assumes special significance at the secondary level as students need constant feedbacks for the learning activities they undertake. There should be regular assessment at the secondary level. This is rightly suggested by E.C. Wragg when he remarks: " In most of the class rooms, assessment tends to be regular and informal, rather than irregular and formal. This is because teaching often consists of frequent switches in who speaks and who listens, and teachers make many of their decisions within one second." (Wragg, 2001). The purpose of this paper is to analyse critically the best assessment strategies in secondary schools. Interactive assessment, coherent assessment systems, self assessment, peer assessment, and feedback are identified as the most effective strategies in the assessment of the learning outcomes of secondary students.
The teaching-learning process is highly interactive and assessment during each stage of the interaction is an essential prerequisite for effective learning process. ...
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