Evaluation of National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Achievement Levels
The Board on Testing and Assessment is overseeing a new study focused on the NAEP achievement levels, which are used to provide information that can be easily understood and used by policy makers, educators, and the public. The study committee will review the proceedures used to set the achievement levels and the minimum score needed to be placed in each category; examine ways the achievement level reports are used, the interpretations made of them, and the validity of those interpretations; and discuss whether there are ways that the setting and use of the achievement levels can be improved.
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education
An Evaluation of the Public Schools of the District of Columbia
An Evaluation of the Public Schools of the District of Columbia examines business practices, human resources operations and human capital strategies, academic plans, and student achievement. This report identifies what is working well seven years after legislation was enacted to give control of public schools to the mayor of the District of Columbia and which areas need additional attention.
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Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards
This report from the Board on Testing and Assessment and the Board on Science Education, describes the types of new assessments that will be needed to gauge student progress. The report recommends a systems approach, one that uses a range of assessments that complement one another to yield information that can guide decisions of teachers, policymakers and others.
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Guide for Practitioners
A new booklet from the Board on Testing and Assessment summarizes key information from the report, Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge in the 21st Century, and describes effective teaching approaches. In addition, it identifies areas of convergence with the learning goals set for mathematics and English language arts by the Common Core State Standards and for science as outlined in the NRC’s Framework for K-12 Science Education.
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