ERIC Number: ED223700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Beyond the Use of NAEP: Lessons for Increasing the Use of State and Local Assessment Results.
Sebring, Penny A.; Boruch, Robert F.
Getting assessment results used is no easy task. This paper examines the findings of a recent study on the uses of National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and suggests implications for increasing use of state and local assessment results. The NAEP study, conducted at Northwestern University, generated evidence that assessment results and methods were employed to make decisions, persuade others, and enhance understanding of issues. These uses occurred in the context of professional activities (the use of results to improve instruction); research (the use of results to understand achievement); and policy development (the use of results by different levels of governance). State and local agencies often exploited NAEP findings and methods to assess student achievement and to identify and address weaknesses in curricular programs, but there was a wide variety of other uses as well. Implications are discussed for assessment planning, meeting heterogeneous user needs, inventing multiple dissemination strategies, providing technical assistance, developing inter-institutional relations, and systematic monitoring of use. (Author/PLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Assessment of Educational Progress
Note: Paper presented at the National Assessment of Educational Progress Conference on Large Scale Assessment (Boulder, CO, June 7-10, 1982).