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NAEP’s Technology and Engineering Literacy Assessment: A New Approach to Assessment

NAGB Webinar


NAEP’s Technology and Engineering Literacy Assessment: A New Approach to Assessment

Opening Remarks
Bob Wise
, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

Bushaw, Executive Director, National Assessment Governing Board
Peggy Carr, Acting Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics
Stephanie Wood-Garnett, Vice President of policy and Advocacy for Standards, Assessment, and Deeper Learning, Alliance for Excellent Education

On May 5, 2016, The Alliance for Excellent Education joined with the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) to host a webinar on National Assessment of Educational Progress’s (NAEP’s) new Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) assessment.

We live in a world shaped by technology: the computers and smartphones we use, the cars and planes we travel in, the homes and offices we inhabit; the food, clothes, entertainment, and medical care are all created and driven by technology. Technology is also at the root of critical challenges faced by society, such as linking experts throughout the world, searching for sustainable energy, and developing environmentally friendly agriculture to feed a growing world population.

There is a growing focus on the use of technology to support instruction and assessment in the nation’s education system, particularly at the elementary and secondary levels. Because of the increased importance of technology and engineering, and to support America’s ability to contribute to and compete in a global economy, NAGB developed the first NAEP TEL assessment.

The TEL assessment is a new part of NAEP and reflects a new approach to assessment. This webinar shared information about the assessment—its genesis, the types of information in the report, and potential use of that information. In addition, the webinar highlighted the TEL assessment’s departure from typical assessment designs used in NAEP; it relies on scenario-based problem sets that test students through their interaction with multimedia tasks.

The event featured Stephanie Wood-Garnett, vice president of policy and advocacy for standards, assessment, and deeper learning at the Alliance for Excellent Education; Bill Bushaw, executive director at NAGB; and Peggy Carr, acting commissioner at the National Center for Education Statistics. Panelists addressed questions submitted by viewers from across the country.

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