ERIC Number: ED406455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Profiling American Education.
National Assessment of Educational Progress, Princeton, NJ.; Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
The Nation's Report Card, formally known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), has been informing the United States about the state of learning since its first survey was conducted in 1969. This report describes how this project, mandated by Congress and funded by the Department of Education, has evolved. It describes the principal activities of the NAEP since it was relocated to the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in 1983. Today the reports of the NAEP reach wide audiences of school officials and educators at all levels, policymakers, and the public. The Reading Report Card, the Young Adult Literacy Survey, and the Writing Report Card have provided a view of the state of literacy in the United States for those up to the age of 25. The ETS proposal for the new NAEP featured regular assessment cycles, information by grade level and age, sampling and assessment techniques that will enable the NAEP to create achievement scales for each subject, and improved testing administration and governance. NAEP reports have revealed some improvements in reading achievement and some weaknesses in writing achievement. Other reports have considered higher order thinking skills among young Americans and writing skills. Assessments for 1986, in the pipeline at the time of the report, and 1988, in the design stage, will continue NAEP's efforts to serve as a central source of information about educational progress and the context in which it takes place. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Dissemination, Literacy, National Surveys, Policy Formation, Reading, Testing Programs, Thinking Skills, Writing (Composition)
National Assessment of Educational Progress, Educational Testing Service, Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541-0001.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Assessment of Educational Progress, Princeton, NJ.; Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress