ERIC Number: ED335386
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
National Assessment of Educational Progress in Brief.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is briefly described. The NAEP was designed in 1969 as a voluntary cooperative program to answer questions about education nationally. In 1988, the NAEP was defined as a means of improving the effectiveness of the nation's schools by making objective information available about student performance. The NAEP, commonly known as the Nation's Report Card, is an ongoing, comparable, and representative assessment of what American students know and can do at grades 4, 8, and 12. It serves to monitor progress toward the National Education Goals adopted by the President and state governors in 1990. A new dimension has been added to the NAEP with the Trial State Assessment in 1990, a voluntary assessment of eighth-grade mathematics achievement that states can use to compare themselves over time. The America 2000 strategy of the Bush administration will depend on NAEP tests for its formative stages. The NAEP does not promote or drive a national curriculum, but it does describe achievement for those whose job it is to prescribe educational policy. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress