ERIC Number: ED177011
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Changes in Mathematical Achievement, 1973-78: Results from the Second Assessment of Mathematics.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has completed two surveys of mathematics achievement of 9-, 13-, and 17-year-old students. The first was conducted during the 1972-73 school year and the second five years later, during 1977-78. This report describes changes in students' performance between the assessments. The overall results indicate some decline in mathematics achievement. Changes in performance differed by type of item and by age group. Declines became more apparent for older students. The results for whole number computation were generally satisfactory; however, results for problem solving were generally low and had declined. The assessment indicated a significant decline on mathematics understanding items only for 17-year-olds, while all three age groups declined on mathematics applications items. A panel chosen to intepret the results warned against placing too much emphasis on overall results and stated that changes for population groups or specific item types provide more meaningful information. The panel made seven recommendations for school mathematics. (MK) Primary type of information provided by report: Results (Change) (Selective).
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Research, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Mathematics Education, National Competency Tests, National Surveys, Secondary School Mathematics, Testing
National Assessment of Educational Progress, 1860 Lincoln St., Suite 700, Denver, Colorado 80295 ($1.75)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.