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Jerry P. Becker

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National Voluntary Tests
Posted: Sep 29, 1998 2:29 PM
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Just received from the U.S. Secretary of Education's office ...


When releasing 3 reports on student
testing this month, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
issued a press release stating that the National Assessment
Governing Board (NAGB) is "on the right track" for voluntary
national tests & that "one proposed alternative to national
testing -- linking the results of existing commercial & state
tests & providing comparable information about achievement of
students taking different tests in different parts of the
country -- is generally not feasible." The release says that
NAGB should move quickly to decide how tests should be scored,
in what forms scores should be shared, & how students with
disabilities & students who are English-language learners
should be included.

Secretary Riley responded, saying he was "pleased that NAS
found test development proceeding on course for pilot testing
in Spring 1999 so that parents & teachers can have the best
information about student performance. If we want to know how
well students are performing compared to rigorous & widely
accepted national standards, we simply cannot rely on existing
tests." The NAS press release & reports can be found at:

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)

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