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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Testing and Assessment
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Program Evaluation

The hardest question to answer in public education may be how well a policy change has worked. Policy makers, researchers, educators, and the public may pin big hopes on changes in governance, new programs and policies, or other initiatives, but it’s not always clear what data will best show whether they had the intended effects. BOTA studies have explored the challenges of program evaluation in the context of national testing programs as well as an urban school district, offering guidance for using available data and shaping data collection in the future.



Current Projects


- Committee for the DC Education Consortium on Research and Evaluation (DC-EdCORE)

The committee will carry out a two-year program of data analysis that will provide valuable information to the city about the progress of key efforts begun under PERAA.


Published Reports

A Plan for Evaluating the District of Columbia's Public SchoolsFrom Impressions to Evidence  

The District of Columbia (DC) has struggled for decades to improve its public education system. In 2007 the DC government made a bold change in the way it governs public education with the goal of... Read more

Assessing Accomplished TeachingAdvanced-Level Certification Programs  (BOTA)

The mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is to establish "high and rigorous standards for what teachers should know and be able to do, to certify teachers who meet... Read more

Redesigning the U.S. Naturalization TestsInterim Report  (BOTA)

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Grading the Nation's Report CardEvaluating NAEP and Transforming the Assessment of Educational Progress  (BOTA)

Since the late 1960s, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)--the nation's report card--has been the only continuing measure of student achievement in key subject areas. Increasingly,... Read more

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