ERIC Number: ED381583
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-11
Reference Count: N/A
National Assessment Technical Quality.
In 1991 the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) released a report interpreting the achievement of U.S. students in mathematics on the 1990 National Assessment of Educational Progress in terms of a set of performance standards. The NAGB had been designing and implementing an approach to defining basic, proficient, and advanced levels of achievement and to expressing each level in terms of a score on the 1990 mathematics assessment. This letter is an interim response to a request by the House of Representatives for a review of NAGB achievement levels and related matters. Review of the development and results of the levels-setting approach has found problems of procedures, reliability, validity, and reporting. It is concluded that commitments to the further use of levels now being set in a similar manner seem premature. In addition, the General Accounting Office is examining the relationship between the NAGB and the National Center for Education Statistics and exploring ways to strengthen the capacity of the NAGB to make sound technical decisions. Enclosures contain NAGB definitions of achievement levels and a comparison of these levels and other national data. (SLD)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Program Evaluation and Methodology Div.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress