to determine students’ understanding of STS issues. A high level of reading competency is required to complete the test. Thus, students with reading problems may have difficulty with this format.

New York State Intermediate Assessment in Technology



New York State Education Department and University of the State of New York (USNY)


Student evaluation; curriculum improvement

What is measured

Students’ knowledge and skills in seven areas

Target population

7th- and 8th-grade students in New York who have taken a technology education course

Item format

Multiple choice and extended response

Sample size


Frequency of administration




In 1986, New York schools began offering an Introduction to Technology course for 7th- and 8th-grade students. The State Department of Education developed this instrument in 2001 to test their knowledge. The exam is administered in one 90-minute session and contains

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