Examining the Utility of Achievement Levels for the ‘Nation’s Report Card’
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine finds that while the NAEP achievement levels for reading and math can be a useful reporting tool, they are susceptible to misinterpretation and misuse. The committee that conducted the study and wrote the report said that users of NAEP data need more guidance on the interpretations and use of achievement levels. NAEP needs to provide additional concrete, easily understood examples of what students who score at the basic, proficient, or advanced levels know and can do, the report says. Research is needed to define the achievement levels in terms of meaningful real-world concerns, such as readiness for high school, college, or the workplace, and global competitiveness to make the results more useful.