ERIC Number: ED342783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
National Comparisons. The 1989 Massachusetts Educational Assessment Program.
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.
This report compares information gathered from the Massachusetts Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) test administrations of 1986 and 1988 with data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests given those same years (mathematics and science in 1986 and reading and United States history in 1988). The focus is on how Massachusetts schools and students measure up to national performance. Achievement scores of Massachusetts students are well above those of students nationwide. At all grade levels (4, 8, and 12) and in all content areas, with the exception of grade-12 history, Massachusetts students had scores above the national averages. Reading was the area of greatest relative strength. Future reporting by Massachusetts and the NAEP may indicate that the advantage of Massachusetts students is not as high as it currently appears; nevertheless, the result is outstanding. The student population of Massachusetts appears fairly typical of the national population, particularly in terms of home and educational background. Results provide some evidence that teachers in the upper grades are not building enough on the gains of the earlier grades. Comparisons are summarized in five tables. Two appendixes contain a brief description of the MEAP and the adaptation of the NAEP to the MEAP. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress