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Some Thoughts on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in Science [microform] / Wayne W. Welch
Bib ID 5476886
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Welch, Wayne W
 
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1986 
19 p. 
Summary

This paper evaluates the procedures and results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in science. A brief description of the 1981-82 assessment, funded by the National Science Foundation, precedes a discussion of strengths and weaknesses of the current science assessment program, conducted by Educational Testing Service. Major strengths include: high technical quality; accurate portrayals of the national picture; consistent procedures enabling comparison across time; appropriate content; policy impact; and identification of report group differences. Criticisms include: (1) the science assessment cycle has been unnecessarily irregular; (2) assessments tend to focus on traditional subject matter content and to collect little additional information; and (3) subject matter experts who possess a commitment to their field do not seem to have sufficient interest in the data to attempt the difficult task of analyzing unfamiliar data tapes. The assessment program could be strengthened by requiring contractors to include the services of experienced subject matter researchers into the budget proposals. Data should be regularly gathered, and the measurement of attitudes toward science should be improved. Lines of communication between NAEP and the community of educators is essential for continued support of the assessment and for maximizing the educational impact of the information being gathered. (LMO)

Notes

ERIC Note: One of 46 papers commissioned by the Study Group on the National Assessment of Student Achievement and cited in Appendix B to their final report "The Nation's Report Card" (TM 870 049). For other papers in this group, see TM 870 050-094.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Educational Assessment.  |  Educational Testing.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Evaluation Needs.  |  Federal Programs.  |  Measurement Objectives.  |  National Surveys.  |  Needs Assessment.  |  Program Attitudes.  |  Research Design.  |  Resource Allocation.  |  Science Education.  |  Science Tests.  |  Scientific Attitudes.  |  Testing Problems.  |  Testing Programs.  |  National Assessment of Educational Progress
Form/genre Opinion Papers.
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