ERIC Number: ED340772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug-14
Reference Count: N/A
You Can Lead Adolescents to a Test But You Can't Make Them Try. Final Report.
The strengths and weaknesses of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are discussed. The NAEP estimates the number of students who are more likely to do certain problems correctly than other students. NAEP reports the numbers, briefly describes the problems, and says that more students need to do these problems correctly. The press largely reports this news as presented. Reporters are not usually investigators, and the news media, which are not refereed journals, do not conduct their own reviews to see if NAEP reports are correct. More lead time for reporters and having each NAEP report give a clear summary of the limitations of the data would help improve coverage and the dissemination of NAEP information. However, the limitations of NAEP data are significant, particularly those caused by lack of student motivation to do well on the test and difficulty in describing the knowledge shown by students. These characteristics weaken policymakers' ability to draw conclusions from NAEP results. An appendix provides 12 graphs and 1 table that illustrate how student scores are calculated and how NAEP estimates the likely proficiency of students. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress