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Predictive validity of mock senior school certificate examination on neco senior secondary school certificate examination scores in agricultural science in Abia state
Madu, Aldophus1* and Ebere, Collins2
1Department of Science Education, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria
2Department of Agricultural/Home Economics Education, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

The study was carried out to investigate the predictive validity of students’ scores in Mock Senior School Certificate Examination on their scores in NECO External Senior School Certificate Examination in Agricultural Science between 2010/2011-2013/2014 academic sessions in Umuahia Education Zone of Abia State. The study adopted the Descriptive Survey Design which comprised correlational and ex-post facto research design. The population of the study was 7213 which comprised 3896 male students and 3317 female students, while 3627 were students from rural schools and 3586  were from schools in urban areas. The study used a total of forty eight(48) public secondary schools from four(4) Local Government Areas. The study adopted the multi-stage sampling to select twenty three (23) secondary schools. The sample was made up of 3907 students which comprised  2050 male students and 1857 female students,  1641 students from schools in rural areas and  2266 students were from schools in urban areas who sat for the Mock Senior School Certificate  Examination and NECO Extrenal Senior School Certificate Examinations Agricultural Science between 2010/2011–2013/2014 academic sessions. The students were purposively sampled while the proportionate stratified random sampling technique was used to select schools from the four (4) Local Government Areas. The data for the study was collected using the  Proforma where the researcher copied the students’ scores in Mock SSCE and SSCE conducted by the National Examination Council(NECO).  The research questions were analysed using the Spearman Rank Order Correlation Coefficient Statistic while the hypotheses were analysed using Simple Linear Regression. The findings revealed that there was a moderate positive correlation which was significant between the students Mock Senior School Examination scores and their Scores in Senior School Certificate Examinations  in  Agricultural Science conducted by  National Examination Council (NECO) with respective r values of 0.687 at P<0.05. It was also revealed that the students Mock Senior School Certificate  Examination scores significantly predicted their Scores in Senior School Certificate Examinations scores in Agricultural Science conducted by National Examination Council (NECO) with R= 0.642.

Keywords: Predictive Validity, Mock Senior School Certificate Examination,NECO Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination, Scores in Agricultural Science
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Madu, Aldophus and Ebere, Collins. 2016. Predictive validity of mock senior school certificate examination on neco senior secondary school certificate examination scores in agricultural science in Abia state.Int.J.Curr.Res.Aca.Rev. 4(2): 237-257
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcrar.2016.402.028