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ERIC Number: ED509389
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 50
A History of NAEP Achievement Levels: Issues, Implementation, and Impact 1989-2009
Bourque, Mary Lyn
National Assessment Governing Board
A history of the achievement levels for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) could be documented in different ways. A chronological history might be the obvious approach, but in the author's view, that could miss the most salient aspects of setting student performance standards on an assessment like NAEP. Further, new initiatives are fostered within a social and political context that is critical to understanding the initiative's development, direction, and destiny. Therefore, rather than following a strict chronology, the author has adopted an issues-based approach, describing first the contextual issues that surrounded NAEP during the beginnings of achievement levels in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The paper will then discuss the critical initial implementation decisions made by the National Assessment Governing Board as it developed the student performance standards for NAEP. Then it will follow new implementation issues into the first decade of the 21st century; finally, it will discuss the broad impact of the achievement levels on American education. (Contains 5 figures, 2 tables, and 24 endnotes.) [This paper was commissioned for the 20th Anniversary of the National Assessment Governing Board, 1988-2008.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 12; Grade 4; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Assessment Governing Board
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Goals 2000; Hawkins Stafford Act 1988; Improving Americas Schools Act 1994; No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress