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The Nation’s Report Card: Evolution and Perspectives


reviewed by Martha Casas — 2004

coverTitle: The Nation’s Report Card: Evolution and Perspectives
Author(s): Lyle V. Jones and Ingram Olkin (Editors)
Publisher: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington
ISBN: 0873678486, Pages: 598, Year: 2004
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Since the late 1960s, The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has been assessing samples of students in grades 4, 8, and 12 in reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and the arts ( National Center for Education Statistics, 2004). The results of these assessments are reported for the nation and states according to levels of proficiency established by the Governing Board—basic, proficient, and advanced (National Assessment Governing Board, 2004). By providing the public and legislators with an account of how well our children are doing in schools, NAEP has become an influential entity that is helping to define the landscape of American education. The Nation’s Report Card: Evolution and Perspectives provides an historical account of NAEP beginning with its inception in the 1960s and ending with its role in the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB, Public Law 107-334, 2002). The book describes the challenges that NAEP has encountered since its inception, notably, trying to dispel the notion held by state legislators that NAEP... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 8, 2004, p. 1618-1620
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11305, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 3:48:03 PM

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  • Martha Casas
    University of Texas at El Paso
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    MARTHA CASAS is an assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her primary research interests are teacher education and curriculum and instruction. Her recent article, “Making Pedagogical Theory Come Alive!” is scheduled for publication in volume 39 n. 3 of the Teacher Educator (Winter Issue 2004).
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