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Reflections on the Future of NAEP: Instrument for Monitoring or for Accountability?

Feb 1999

Lauren B. Resnick

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is now accepted as the nation’s report card, but getting there took over 30 years and a convoluted process beset by technical and political issues. After summarizing the history of NAEP and its successful use as a monitoring instrument, the author discusses the ramifications of its use as an accountability instrument, including how it could negatively affect educational outcomes and the validity of the NAEP tests.

Resnick, L. B. (1999). Reflections on the future of NAEP: Instrument for monitoring or for accountability? (CSE Report 499). Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).