|Topic:||Voluntary National Tests, Year 2|
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Board on Testing and Assessment
Friday, October 1, 1999 -- 9:30 a.m.
509 Dirksen Senate Office Building
EVALUATION OF THE VOLUNTARY NATIONAL TESTS, YEAR 2: FINAL REPORT
LAURESS L. WISE, Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, Virginia, and Chairman, Committee on the Evaluation of the Voluntary National Tests, Year 2, Board on Testing and Assessment, National Research Council
When President Clinton announced a proposal to develop voluntary national tests in fourth-grade reading and eighth-grade mathematics, educators, parents, and others raised concerns about the nature and validity of such exams. Congress asked the Research Council to provide an independent evaluation of test-development activities. This report, Evaluation of the Voluntary National Tests, Year 2: Final Report, builds on a previous Research Council study that focused on test specifications, plans for a pilot study, and the quality of proposed test items. It also considers inclusion and accommodation issues concerning students with disabilities and limited English proficiency.
This briefing was for Members of Congress and Congressional Staff only. The report was publicly released on September 30, 1999.