ERIC Number: ED210226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Music 1971-79: Results From the Second National Music Assessment.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.
The report presents data from two national assessments--1971-72 and 1978-79--of the attitudes, knowledge, and understandings of American students about music. In each assessment, 9-, 13-, and 17-year-olds were administered exercises designed to measure some of their cognitive abilities and attitudes about music and some of their experiences with music. Some exercises from the first assessment were readministered in the second assessment so that changes in music achievement could be detected. Also, data were gathered on the music training background of students. Achievement results are presented for national populations of 9-, 13-, and 17-year-olds as well as for subpopulations defined by region of the country, sex, race/ethnicity, parental education, type of community, and grade level. Some major findings from the report include the following. About three-fourths of the students at each age appear to have positive feelings about music and appear able to make simple judgments about it. Many students have some knowledge of the elements and expressive controls of music--52% of the 9-year-olds, 61% of the 13-year-olds, and 57% of the 17-year-olds. Knowledge about music history and style is less widespread--58% for 9-year-olds, 36% for 13-year-olds, and 39% for 17-year-olds. Fewer 9- and 17-year-olds were successful in answering their respective exercises in the two assessments. The decline between assessments for the 9-year-olds was 3.3%; for the 17-year-olds it was 2.5%. The percentage of 13-year-olds able to respond correctly to the music exercises was about 41% in both assessments. Primary type of information provided by report: Results (Selective) (Change).
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Music, Music Education, National Surveys, Student Attitudes
National Assessment of Educational Progress, 1860 Lincoln Street, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80295 ($7.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress