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Grading the Nation's Report Card: Research from the Evaluation of NAEP

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The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the nation's report card, has chronicled students' academic achievement in America for over a quarter of a century. It has been a valued source of information about students' performance, providing the best available trend data on the academic achievement of elementary, middle, and secondary school students in key subject areas. NAEP's prominence and the important need for stable and accurate measures of academic achievement call for evaluation of ...
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Overview

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the nation's report card, has chronicled students' academic achievement in America for over a quarter of a century. It has been a valued source of information about students' performance, providing the best available trend data on the academic achievement of elementary, middle, and secondary school students in key subject areas. NAEP's prominence and the important need for stable and accurate measures of academic achievement call for evaluation of the program and an analysis of the extent to which its results are reasonable, valid, and informative to the public.

This volume of papers considers the use and application of NAEP. It provides technical background to the recently published book, Grading the Nation's Report Card: Evaluating NAEP and Transforming the Assessment of Educational Progress (NRC, 1999), with papers on four key topics: NAEP's assessment development, content validity, design and use, and more broadly, the design of education indicator systems.

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The Committee on the Evaluation of National and State Assessments of Educational Progress of the National Research Council report on their research into the system that has chronicled the academic achievement of US students for a quarter century. It takes up the development of NEAP instrumentation, its content validity, its design and use, and the design of education indicators systems. Technical background papers accompany the report itself. There is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780309068444
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/2000
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Assessment Development
2 Families of Items in the NAEP Mathematics Assessment 5
3 Student Thinking and Related Assessment: Creating a Facet-Based Learning Environment 44
Content Validity
4 An External Evaluation of the 1996 Grade 8 NAEP Science Framework 74
5 Appraising the Dimensionality of the 1996 Grade 8 NAEP Science Assessment Data 101
6 Subject-Matter Experts' Perceptions of the Relevance of the NAEP Long-Term Trend Items in Science and Mathematics 123
NAEP Design and Use
7 Issues in Phasing Out Trend NAEP 132
8 Issues in Combining State NAEP and Main NAEP 152
9 Difficulties Associated with Secondary Analysis of NAEP Data 172
Education Indicator System Design
10 Putting Surveys, Studies, and Datasets Together: Linking NCES Surveys to One Another and to Datasets from Other Sources 195
11 Developing Classroom Process Data for the Improvement of Teaching 229
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