Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

NAEP Gets It One-Third Right: A New Federally Authorized Test of Students' Technology Literacy Has Little in Sync with the Tech Curriculum Schools Are Teaching

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

NAEP Gets It One-Third Right: A New Federally Authorized Test of Students' Technology Literacy Has Little in Sync with the Tech Curriculum Schools Are Teaching

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WATCH OUT, tech directors. A train wreck is coming your way and you're sure to receive some collateral damage.

The mishap will result from a US Department of Education mandate that states must report "the percentage of students who meet state technology standards by the end of the eighth grade," according to guidelines the department issued in July, and a test the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP; http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard) is putting together to measure tech literacy. The problem? Namely, this:

With no established federal definition of technological literacy, most states have chosen to follow the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) established by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE; www.iste.org), and to create their curricula and assessments accordingly.

Now into the fray jumps NAEP. A respected organization authorized by Congress to conduct testing nationwide, NAEP is well down the path to developing a test for technological literacy. The organization released a draft of the test's framework (http://ow.ly/jYYg) that targets 2012 for the test's first administration.

However, the definition NAEP has developed is based on a barometer of technological literacy that is very different from anything any state or No Child Left Behind (NCLB) envisioned. From the draft document: "In recent decades the meaning of technological literacy has taken on three quite different . …

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