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ERIC Number: ED046064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Oct
Pages: 14
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National Assessment -- Evaluation and Accountability.
Brain, George B.
Most standardized testing programs do not furnish examples of the kinds of information young people actually know. Instead they indicate only (1) how far an individual student is above or below an average score, and (2) the average score of a classroom or a school in relation to others. In contrast, National Assessment evaluates educational changes within the larger population, its purpose being to provide more adequate information about educational quality on a regional and a national basis. Based on a model of statistical sampling similar to public opinion polls, this program describes the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and understandings of groups of persons at the ages of 9, 13, 17, and young adults. National Assessment measures "population knowledge," rather than the knowledge of an individual. Results for science and citizenship show two trends: (1) knowledge of students increases with age, and (2) adults tend to forget much of what they learned in school. (Author/LLR)
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Note: Paper presented at National Association of State Boards of Education meeting. (October 1970)