ERIC Number: ED194576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Major Informational Needs of National Assessment Audiences and Ways to Enhance the Assessment's Utility in Meeting Those Needs.
Ward, Barbara; And Others
Audiences were surveyed at the federal, state, and local levels in an effort to determine how the National Assessment of Educational Progress could be made more useful in meeting their needs. Recommendations fell into several major categories: (1) increased dissemination of assessment materials and access to data; (2) increased data interpretation and data analysis; (3) increased collection of data on background and program variables; (4) increased research potential; (5) increased policy relevance; and (6) increased attention to state and local needs. Needs expressed by different audiences were at times in conflict. Education researchers typically would like more background and program information, while national curriculum organizations would like more achievement questions. State and local educators would like more items released for their use, while obtaining reliable change data demands that as many items as possible be kept secure. The present Assessment design does not permit some of the desired uses of assessment data. Trade-offs between various audience needs are outlined and relative costs of different procedures are indicated. (Author/RL) Primary type of information provided by report: Procedures (Dissemination) (Utilization).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Identifiers: National Assessment of Educational Progress