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ERIC Number: ED327553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Critical Thinking and "The Nation's Report Card": 1990 Reflections.
Walton, Craig
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) issued two reports in 1990 assessing the nation's current educational abilities in reading and writing. The "Reading Report Card, 1971-88" presented and analyzed results over an 18-year period for ages 9, 13, and 17 years (grades 4, 8, and 11, respectively). The 9-year-olds and 13-year-olds were significantly more likely to reach the basic difficulty level than were their 1971 predecessors. However, the report contained frightening information about the nation's students' chances of functioning competently in today's complex society. The writing report, "The Writing Report Card, 1984-88," which in fact ranges across testing from 1974 to 1988, enabled the NAEP to conclude that there has been no change in writing performance over the 14-year period. Relatively more positive than the reading report, the writing report still raised questions about the recent emphasis on the writing process and how reading and writing reports may be related. Among the positive findings of both reports were gains for Blacks and Hispanics in some reading areas and relative improvement for some minority groups in writing. Overall, however, the reports do not provide an encouraging picture of the reading and writing competence of the nation's youth. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Assessment of Educational Progress; Reading Report Card 1971 to 1988 (NAEP); Writing Report Card 1984 to 1988 (NAEP)