ERIC Number: ED444927
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Geography Framework for the 1994 and 2001 National Assessment of Educational Progress. NAEP Geography Consensus Project.
Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.
The National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) was created by Congress to formulate policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Among the Board's responsibilities are developing objectives and test specifications and designing the assessment methodology for NAEP. This document provides the framework to guide the development of the assessment instruments for the 1994 and 2001 NAEP in Geography. Altogether, four documents will be designed to guide the geography assessment and this Assessment Framework is the first. The others are the Assessment and Exercise Specifications, the Background Variables and Educational Policies, and the Student Achievement Data. This document contains: (1) "The Nature of Geography Education and the Geography Curriculum" (Mission Statement; The Nature of Geography; Geography Tools, Analytical Concepts, and Skills; Geography in the Curriculum); (2) "Overview of the Framework for the 1994 and 2001 NAEP Geography Assessment" (The 1994 and 2001 NAEP Assessment; Overview of the Assessment Content Dimension; Content Area One: Space and Place; Content Area Two: Environment and Society; Content Area Three: Spatial Dynamics and Connections; Overview of Assessment Cognitive Dimension); (3) "Specifics of the Framework for the 1994 and 2001 NAEP Geography Assessment" (Content Domain; Content Area One: Space and Place; Content Area Two: Environment and Society; Content Area Three: Spatial Dynamics and Connections); and (4) "Characteristics of the Assessment" (General Recommendations; Item Pool Recommendations; Content Dimension; Cognitive Dimension; Achievement Levels in Geography; Descriptions of NAEP Geography Achievement by Grade Level; Conclusion). (Contains 32 references. Appendices include: The Consensus Development Process; and NAEP Geography Consensus Project Team, Steering Committee Members, and Planning Committee Members. (BB)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Achievement Tests, Concept Formation, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Geographic Concepts, Geography, Geography Instruction, Grade 12, Grade 4, Grade 8, National Competency Tests, Social Studies
National Assessment Governing Board, 800 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 825, Washington, DC 20002; Web site: (www.nagb.org).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Assessment Governing Board, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress