ERIC Number: ED072461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
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Highlights of the First National Assessment of Literature.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.
This report describes highlights of the first National Assessment of Literature, a project of the Education Commission of the States. This assessment surveyed four major questions: How well do people understand literature? What and how often do they read? In what ways and how well do people understand imaginative literature? How familiar are they with major characters and works of Western literature? The ages of the subjects tested were nine, thirteen, seventeen, and adults. Results were analyzed according to sex and region of the country. The report includes samples of the testing devices used for each of the four major questions, some of the responses received, and some of the generalizations derived from this survey. The authors note that each question did not receive equal assessment time, and that no one question could be exhaustively pursued in any one assessment year. They also note that the results may be interpreted in various ways depending on the reader's point of view. It is hoped that while the survey will not answer all or even many of the questions about the status of literary understanding in America, it will generate discussion and further research. (Author/DI) Primary type of information provided by report: Results (Overview).
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Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress