ERIC Number: ED236205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
The Academic Achievement of Young Americans. Fastback 196.
Ahmann, J. Stanley
Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are reviewed to outline the achievement levels of students in the United States. This examination of NAEP data showing changes in levels of achievement during the 1970s leads to a number of conclusions. The overall picture for 9-year-olds is promising. The outlook for 13-year-olds, (with the possible exception of mathematics) is less encouraging, and that for 17-year-olds is quite disturbing. Despite these declines, repeated gains have been achieved by student groups that typically fall below the national average. A vexing problem that appears regularly is the uneven achievement in tasks requiring more than recall of information. This paper concludes with proposals for steps to be taken to improve higher-order learning. These steps are to be taken within the classrooms, within the schools, and within the communities. (BW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cognitive Processes, Educational Assessment, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, National Programs, Scores, Secondary School Students, Testing Programs
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($0.75).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers: Higher Order Learning; National Assessment of Educational Progress; Test Score Decline