ERIC Number: ED489108
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-24
Less Than Proficient A Review of the Draft Science Framework for the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress
Gross, Paul R.
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation & Institute
The mission of this review is to appraise the new draft NAEP science framework and to determine whether it is up to snuff. This is an evaluation of the September 30, 2005, draft document, Science Framework for the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (Framework), developed for the National Assessment Governing Board. The criteria is listed first and that is followed with an account of their application to the reviewing task. The review then expresses the quantitative outcome as a set of average scores for each of 21 criteria, then as the average summed score for all criteria (the "raw" score), and finally as a conversion to an average percentage score ("final score"). On the basis of the final score, a letter grade is assigned the Framework, using the familiar A through F scale. A series of short summary statements responds to questions on which NAGB seeks feedback. In closing, it seeks briefly to justify this response; that is, to convey appreciation of some qualities of the Framework and concerns about others, and to make some recommendations. Following the Foreword, (Chester E. Finn, Jr., and Michael J. Petrilli), and the Introduction, table of contents for this report is organized in the following manner: (1) Criteria; (2) Number and Letter Grade; (3) Responses to NAGB Questions; (4) Plaudits; (5) Concerns; and (6) Recommendations. Appended are: (A) Science Errors and Misleading Statements; and (B) Biographical Sketches of Author and Reviewers. [Written with assistance from Lawrence S. Lerner, Susan Haack, Martha Schwartz, and Richard Schwartz.]
Descriptors: Governing Boards, National Competency Tests, Evaluation Criteria, Science Instruction, Scores, Sentence Structure, Error Patterns, Guidelines
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 1; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools; Kindergarten
Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Washington, DC.