Abstract—Assessment is a vital instrument for enhancing
teaching and learning. Perceptions that teachers have on
assessment are likely to influence their assessment practices.
This study explored perceptions of secondary school teachers on
assessment. A total of 4160 Tanzanian teachers were involved in
the study. A questionnaire comprising questions that sought to
establish demographic information of participants as well as
their perceptions on assessment was used. Results show that
50.7 percent of the teachers who participated in the study
considered the purpose of assessment is to make decisions on
teaching and learning. Perceptions on assessment show that
items on the role of assessment in making students concentrate
their efforts in learning, making students confident in their final
examination and usefulness of feedback in enhancing students’
performance were strongly agreed or agreed by a large
proportion of the participants.
Index Terms—Assessment practices, classroom assessment, learning outcomes, perceptions of teachers.
J. L. Ndalichako is with the National Examinations Council of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Joyce L. Ndalichako, "Secondary School Teachers’ Perceptions of Assessment," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 326-330, 2015.