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Brochure Details 12th Grade Preparedness Work

WASHINGTON (April 14, 2009)—The National Assessment Governing Board unveiled today a color brochure that details the progress made and future steps planned for reporting preparedness results for 12th grade on The Nation's Report Card in reading and mathematics.

The brochure aims to inform a general audience on the endeavors of the Governing Board to report on the preparedness of 12th graders for postsecondary education and job training after graduation, in terms of the academic knowledge and skills measured by National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)—or The Nation's Report Card.

The brochure provides background on the Technical Panel on 12th Grade Preparedness Research appointed by the Governing Board, and the recommendations the panel gave for future studies. The brochure also explains how NAEP will define preparedness, how NAEP scores may be reported, and when preparedness can be reported based on the research studies.

Click here to see the preparedness brochure.


CONTACT:
Stephaan Harris
(202) 357-7504
Stephaan.Harris@ed.gov




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The National Assessment of Educational Progress is the only nationally representative, continuing evaluation of the condition of education in the United States. It has served as a national yardstick of student achievement since 1969. Through the Nation's Report Card, NAEP informs the public about what American students know and can do in various subject areas and compares achievement between states, large urban districts, and various student demographic groups.

The National Assessment Governing Board is an independent, bipartisan board whose members include governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators, business representatives and members of the general public. Congress created the 26-member Governing Board in 1988 to oversee and set policy for NAEP.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a congressionally authorized project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The National Center for Education Statistics, within the Institute of Education Sciences, administers NAEP. The Commissioner of Education Statistics is responsible by law for carrying out the NAEP project.

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