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Number 136 EDUCATION REPORTER May 1997

NAEP Targeted for Change

STANFORD, CA - The panel of the National Academy of Education has issued a new report that calls for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to measure students' affective qualities. The NAEP is the only nationally representative and ongoing assessment of American students' knowledge of academic subjects.

The panel, made up of 15 scholars and education leaders, says the NAEP, often called the nation's report card, needs to go beyond paper-and-pencil skills to assess qualities such as team work and sociability. The group's recommendations come after 6 years of studying the NAEP.

The report, Assessment in Transition: Monitoring the Nation's Educational Progress, lays out the panel's vision for the NAEP by the year 2015. By that time, the assessment should report student scores in categories, such as knowledge and skills, problem-solving and interpretation, and performance in groups. The panel also recommended administering the NAEP via computer. The Department of Education funded the report.

The NAEP is a project of the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics. An independent panel, the National Assessment Governing Board, sets NAEP policy.

Copies of the report are available for $32 from the National Academy of Education, CERAS Building, Room 108, Stanford, CA 94305-3084; 415/ 725-1003.

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