This book began with a set of fundamental questions that should be asked by everyone who wants to implement a program to assess achievement of the NETS for Students (NETS•S). Now that we've looked more closely at various types of assessment and the different kinds of data they can generate, it's time to go back and reexamine the set of questions posed in part 1. Before you make any decisions or plans with regard to education technology assessment, it's crucial that you and your school, district, or state come to some consensus on these basic what, why, how, and who questions.
Among other goals, a NETS•S assessment program may be designed to map the progress of individual students over time; compare the performances of classes, schools, or districts; or determine the relationship between teacher technology resources and student performance. As with any far-reaching assessment initiative, it's important to involve multiple stakeholders from the outset and seek answers to the fundamental questions outlined in chapter 1.