ERIC Number: ED425422
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
NAEP 1994 Reading State Report for Alabama. Trial State Assessment.
National Assessment of Educational Progress, Princeton, NJ.; Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
In 1990, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) included a Trial State Assessment (TSA); for the first time in NAEP's history, voluntary state-by-state assessments were made. In 1994, TSA was expanded to include non-public school students. The 1994 reading assessment considered students' proficiency in situations that involved reading different kinds of materials for different purposes. The fourth-grade assessment measured two global purposes for reading--reading for literary experience and reading to gain information. In Alabama, 2,646 students in 99 public schools and 199 students in 9 non-public schools were assessed. This report describes the reading proficiency of Alabama fourth-graders and compares their overall performance to students in the Southeast region of the United States and the nation (using data from the NAEP national assessments). The distribution of reading results and reading achievement level results are provided for subpopulations of students (race/ethnicity, type of location, parents, educational level, and gender). Reading proficiency and achievement of non-public school students are separately reported and compared to public school students. To provide a context for the assessment data, participating public school students, their reading teachers, and principals completed questionnaires which focused on: policies and practices related to reading (time for instructional activities and instructional resources for reading); delivery of reading instruction (instructional materials and activities, workbooks/ worksheets/writing, discussion and group activities, time to read, reading and use of libraries, assessing progress in reading); reading instructors (preparation, experience and professional development); students' home support for literacy (reading outside of school and in the home and hours of television watched per day). The average reading proficiency of public school students in Alabama on the NAEP reading scale was 208 compared to 212 nationwide. (CR)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Grade 4, Intermediate Grades, National Competency Tests, Reading Achievement, Reading Research, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation, Tables (Data), Test Results
Web site: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/y25tsa/overall.shtml
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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 - Location: Alabama
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress