How to Use the Findings from National Assessment (NAEP)

Saylor, Galen
November 1974
Education Digest;Nov1974, Vol. 40 Issue 3, p42
The article presents information on the findings of the U.S. National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). The committee that formulated the assessment plans and the staff which is carrying out the project have avoided any pronouncements on what schools should do with the findings. The project's purpose is to provide data to educators, legislative bodies, and citizens for making their own decisions about educational policy. NAEP has defined objectives for each of the 10 fields of study now comprising its assessment program. Although a number of U.S. states in recent years have been engaged in defining educational objectives for schools, it is doubtful that these efforts have the scope and validity of the objectives list prepared by NAEP. Moreover, in preparing for the second and third round of testing, NAEP subjected the original set of instructional objectives to widespread analysis by teachers, specialists, and scholars, and revised them on the basis of such appraisals as well as on the testing experience.


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