ERIC Number: ED223658
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Achievement and the Three R's: A Synopsis of National Assessment Findings in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
Barrow, Kay; And Others
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results indicate that most students understand the fundamentals of reading, writing and mathematics; and that achievement levels have remained stable across time for older students and may be improving for younger students, particularly in the areas of reading and writing. However, NAEP data suggest that curriculum still emphasizes instruction in component skills apart and separate from the application of these skills. Many students evidence difficulty with tasks requiring higher-order skills. Gains evidenced by younger students in groups traditionally considered disadvantaged are being accompanied by declines in groups usually considered advantaged. In particular, the older and better students do not appear to be keeping up with their counterparts in earlier assessments. In many instances, differences in performance may be decreasing, but overall performance is not improving. We may be attaining more equality in educational achievement in reading, writing and mathematics, but it appears to be at the expense of declining excellence. Primary type of information provided by the report: Results (Change) (Selective). (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: 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