Since 1969, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has been providing policymakers, educators, and the public with reports on academic performance and progress of the nation’s students. The assessment is given periodically in a variety of subjects: mathematics, reading, writing, science, the arts, civics, economics, geography, U.S. history, and technology and engineering literacy. NAEP is given to representative samples of students across the U.S. to assess the educational progress of the nation as a whole.
Since 1992, NAEP results have been reported in relation to three achievement levels: basic, proficient, and advanced. However, the use of achievement levels has provoked controversy and disagreement, and evaluators have identified numerous concerns. This publication evaluates the NAEP student achievement levels in reading and mathematics in grades 4, 8, and 12 to determine whether the achievement levels are reasonable, reliable, valid, and informative to the public, and recommends ways that the setting and use of achievement levels can be improved.
Table of Contents
|2 Setting Achievement Levels: History||35-56|
|3 Setting Achievement Levels: NAEP's Process||57-78|
|4 Reliability of the Achievement Levels||79-100|
|5 Validity of the Achievement Levels||101-188|
|6 Interpretations and Uses of NAEP Achievement Levels||189-218|
|7 Setting New Standards: Considerations||219-234|
|8 Conclusions and Recommendations||235-248|
|Appendix A: Agenda for Public Forum||261-264|
|Appendix B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff||265-272|
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