ERIC Number: ED311063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
What "Our" 17-Year-Olds Know: One District's Assessment. Publication No. 88.20.
Wilkinson, L. David; Galindo, Letticia
The knowledge that 17-year-old students in a local city school district had of literature and history was assessed using the same test items administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). A review of national results of the NAEP examination in 1986 has highlighted the gaps in knowledge of this age group. The Austin (Texas) Independent School District (AISD) assessed its students by administering 141 U.S. history and 121 literature items from the NAEP test to 960 high school students in the spring of 1988. Most of the students tested were either 16 or 17 years old at the time of testing. Although problems with the representativeness of the AISD sample and the comparability of AISD and national sample place some limitations on the confidence of the statement, AISD students outperformed the national sample after both descriptive and inferential analyses. Nationally, 60 of 141 questions were passed (answered correctly by at least 60% of the students), while AISD students passed 86 history questions. In literature, 51 of 121 questions were passed nationally, while AISD students passed 67 of 121 questions. Even though Austin students did better than students nationally, the 61% passing rate in history and 60% passing rate in literature leaves plenty of room for improvement. Six figures give study data. Fourteen attachments present administrative cover letters, teacher checklists, and explanations used in the program; the test item rank order results; a list of test items; and NAEP objectives. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress