Monday, November 24, 2014 
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Testing Policy

Innovative Tests

Students with Disabilities and English Learners

Science Assessment

21st Century Skills

Teacher Evaluation

Education Data

Program Evaluation

Education Data

Education research has long had a poor reputation despite its many valuable contributions to policy and practice. The data to answer questions about public education have often been insufficient, poorly planned, poorly understood, or poorly funded, and the result has been confusion about what the data mean. Data on high school dropouts is a prime example—differing methods of calculating dropout rates have led to strikingly different, and often misleading, results. Two reports on that issue, as well as reports on other measurement issues, clarify the problems with education data and propose new approaches.

Ongoing Projects

Evaluation Framework of K-12 STEM Education

A committee is identifying methods for tracking and evaluating the implementation of improvements to effective instructions in STEM education recommended in the earlier report Successful K-12 STEM Education.

Published Reports

Key National Education Indicators: Workshop Summary  (BOTA,CNSTAT)

The education system in the United States is continually challenged to adapt and improve, in part because its mission has become far more ambitious than it once was. At the turn of the 20th century,... Read more

Improving Measurement of Productivity in Higher Education  (BOTA,CNSTAT)

Higher education is a linchpin of the American economy and society: teaching and research at colleges and universities contribute significantly to the nation's economic activity, both directly and... Read more

Allocating Federal Funds for State Programs for English Language Learners  (CNSTAT,BOTA)

As the United States continues to be a nation of immigrants and their children, the nation's school systems face increased enrollments of students whose primary language is not English. With the 2001... Read more

High School Dropout, Graduation, and Completion Rates:Better Data, Better Measures, Better Decisions  (BOTA)

High school graduation and dropout rates have long been used as indicators of educational system productivity and effectiveness and of social and economic well being. While determining these rates may... Read more

Measuring Literacy: Performance Levels for Adults  (BOTA,BOTA)

The National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) is a household survey conducted periodically by the Department of Education that evaluates the literacy skills of a sample of adults in the United... Read more

Understanding Dropouts: Statistics, Strategies, and High-Stakes Testing  (BOTA)

The role played by testing in the nation's public school system has been increasing steadily-and growing more complicated-for more than 20 years. The Committee on Educational Excellence and Testing... Read more

The National Academies