NAEP Questions Tool v4.0

Have you ever wondered what the questions look like for the NAEP? Here’s a tool that lets your know. I found some of the questions interesting. For example, I landed on a music knowledge question. Considering that many schools are dropping their music programs because districts are losing funding, I found the “music responding” content classification to be nearly superfluous at this time. However, a lot of schools have managed to save their programs, so perhaps this content area is not so surprising. However, here’s the link to the tool. Explore, learn, and enjoy!

NAEP Questions Tool v4.0.

URL: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/itmrlsx/detail.aspx

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Urban District Assessment of Mathematics 2011

If you are an educator–especially if you are an educational researcher–you should be frequenting the web site for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) (nces.ed.gov) on a regular basis to view the latest nation-wide information on educational progress of students, containing information on both pre-K to 12, and post-secondary levels. This site has the facts on every conceivable education-related topic you could possible want to view. 

For those of you specifically interested in what is going on in American schools’ math programs, here is a wonderful publication from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). It can be downloaded free of charge from the link below. 


The Nation’s Report Card:
Trial Urban District Assessment Mathematics 2011

Representative samples of fourth- and eighth-grade public school students from 21 urban districts participated in the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in mathematics. Eighteen of the districts participating in the 2011 NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) participated in earlier assessment years, while three districts participated for the first time in 2011. Between 1,000 and 2,700 students in each district were assessed at grades 4 and 8.
December 2011
Author: National Center for Education Statistics

View or download the report from:
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pubs/dst2011/2012452.asp

If the link does not work directly, copy and paste the URL text into your browser.

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National Education Leaders: Shared Vision for the Next Generation of Teaching

Document Outlines 7 Elements Needed to Transform Teaching

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says, “The principles outlined in the document represent ways to strengthen and elevate teaching as one of our nation’s most valued and respected professions.”

The document apparently focuses on three main goals: 1) ensuring all students are challenged to meet a high bar that prepares them for college, career, and citizenship; 2) narrowing the opportunity and access gap between more and less privileged populations of students; and, 3) preparing all students to be globally competitive

Here are the seven core principles that make up the elements of achieving these goals. They include

  • A culture of shared responsibility and leadership;
  • Recruiting top talent into schools prepared for success;
  • Continuous growth and professional development;
  • Effective teachers and principals;
  • A professional career continuum with competitive compensation;
  • Conditions that support successful teaching and learning; and
  • Engaged communities

Find the link to the document from which this data came by clicking on the link below:

National Education Leaders Release Shared Vision for the Next Generation of Teaching During the 2012 Labor Management Conference | U.S. Department of Education.

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http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/national-education-leaders-release-shared-vision-next-generation-teaching-during

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