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May 18, 2009

Cornelia Smith Orr Will Direct NAGB

A top Florida schools official has been named as executive director of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for the influential NAEP test.

May 01, 2009

College Board Signals Policy on AP Tests Disrupted by Flu

Officials at the College Board say they are ready to adjust testing schedules for the Advanced Placement tests in case local school officials decide to close their facilities because of the outbreak of H1N1, otherwise known as the Swine Flu. As of this afternoon, about 300 schools around the count...

March 30, 2009

In Michigan, Less Testing is More

It's rare to hear of a state that is decreasing its standardized testing in a particular subject. But that's exactly what Michigan is doing, according to an Associated Press article published today. Starting in the fall of 2010, instead of giving a short writing test to all students in grades 3 to 8...

March 06, 2009

Testing Tech Literacy

There's a lot of debate these days about how to define "technology literacy," but in a couple years, the National Assessment of Educational Progress will take the unusual step of testing students in those skills. This week, the panel that oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress hea...

March 06, 2009

Testing the "Mega" States on NAEP

The test referred to as "the nation's report card," is perhaps best known for producing results that allow for state-by-state comparisons of student achievement, as well as national trends across grades and subject areas. But now the board that oversees that exam, the National Assessment of Educati...

March 05, 2009

National Standards, And The Future of NAEP

I attended an interesting event in Washington yesterday: a conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for the NAEP. The gathering brought together a lot of people from the nation's capitol and outside the Beltway who have been instrument...

December 12, 2008

TIMSS Tidbits

In case you missed it, the TIMSS results were released this week, and U.S. students didn't fare too badly, unless you count the point difference between them and their 4th and 8th grade peers in Singapore, Korea, and Hong Kong. The report is here, Ed Week's story here, and a critique of the U.S. pe...

November 21, 2008

"Preparedness" Expected to Be Judged on NAEP

Federal officials have taken a major step toward setting standards that would allow the public to use scores on a test known as "the nation's report card" to judge 12th grade students' preparation for college and the job market. On Friday, the board that sets policy for that influential test, the N...

November 14, 2008

Exclusions, Accommodations, "Preparedness," and Competitiveness

The title of this entry is a mouthful, I know. But they're all topics scheduled to be discussed next week by the board that sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP. The meeting of the National Assessment Governing Board is scheduled for Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 20-22...

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