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ERIC Number: ED108211
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
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National Assessment: Backgrounds and Projections--1975.
Shafer, Robert E.
A review of literature dealing with educational accountability and a discussion of the history of the movement, this paper suggests that the National Assessment of Educational Progress was partly a result of the public's growing concern about the quality of education and the increase in local, state, and federal taxes needed to support education. The National Assessment gave rise to the development of statewide testing programs. Currently, there are bills under consideration in most state legislatures for "systems approaches" to accountability; as a result, teachers throughout the country are being asked by their state departments of education, by regional accrediting associations, and by school districts to develop a performance-based curriculum in English. It is suggested that a problem exists in this type of curriculum in that it is geared not to meet the needs of the individual student, or even of groups of students, but rather to obtain consistency in state and nationwide educational achievement as evidenced by testing. It is further suggested that English teachers are becoming more aware of the significance of testing and measurement in the English curriculum, and that through this awareness, a new potential of the National Assessment may be realized. (LL) Aspect of National Assessment (NAEP) dealt with in this document: Program Description.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress