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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Testing and Assessment

How to measure what students know is one of the most complex and controversial aspects of education. Our studies explore all aspects of measurement and assessment, techniques and technologies for assessment, test policy, and the use of tests in accountability systems. Our work also examines assessment in the workplace and its use in human resources planning.  See also:


Download the booklet, Lessons Learned About Testing: Ten Years of Work at the National Research Council.

Reports

Supporting Students' College SuccessThe Role of Assessment of Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies  (BOTA)
2017

The importance of higher education has never been clearer. Educational attainment—the number of years a person spends in school—strongly predicts adult earnings, as well as health and civic... Read more


Evaluation of the Achievement Levels for Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress  (CNSTAT,BOTA)
2017

Since 1969, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has been providing policymakers, educators, and the public with reports on academic performance and progress of the nation’s... Read more


Measuring Human CapabilitiesAn Agenda for Basic Research on the Assessment of Individual and Group Performance Potential for Military Accession  (BBCSS)
2015

Every year, the U.S. Army must select from an applicant pool in the hundreds of thousands to meet annual enlistment targets, currently numbering in the tens of thousands of new soldiers. A critical... Read more


Education for Life and WorkDeveloping Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century  (BOTA)
2012

Americans have long recognized that investments in public education contribute to the common good, enhancing national prosperity and supporting stable families, neighborhoods, and communities.... Read more


Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards  (BOTA,BOSE)
2014

Assessments, understood as tools for tracking what and how well students have learned, play a critical role in the classroom. Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards develops... Read more


Assessing 21st Century SkillsSummary of a Workshop  (BOTA)
2011

The routine jobs of yesterday are being replaced by technology and/or shipped off-shore. In their place, job categories that require knowledge management, abstract reasoning, and personal services... Read more


Incentives and Test-Based Accountability in Education  (BOTA)
2011

In recent years there have been increasing efforts to use accountability systems based on large-scale tests of students as a mechanism for improving student achievement. The federal No Child Left... Read more



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