Monday, August 08, 2005

NAEP scores misleading?

Slate ran an interesting article today with a thesis that low scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are indicative of nothing. Why? The 17 year-olds who scored so poorly (and earned so much press for doing so) had no reason to try on the thing. They're seniors who have already been filling in bubbles for over a decade and now there's yet another test and it doesn't have any bearing on their future.

Slate education writer Alexandra Starr guesses that you'd skip it -- or at least not try very hard -- too. (Thanks to Joanne Jacobs for the link.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps the seniors' scores are not an indication of laziness as much as an indication of practicality and common sense. Why SHOULD they bust their butts to score well on tests that provide them with no benefits or even feedback. It seems to me that a student who chooses to use the bubble score sheets to make pretty designs might just be making the most rational decision. Taken further, perhaps the incompetence and laziness is not to be found on the part of the test takers as much as on the part of the those who design the test taking situations.

4:17 PM  

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