NAEP Writing Achievement Level Setting
The National Assessment Governing Board (Governing Board) is soliciting public comments and recommendations for improvements to the design proposed for setting achievement levels for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in writing, as described in the study’s Design Document. The proposed Design Document available on this site describes the process that will produce cutscores that represent the lower boundary of each of three NAEP achievement levels: Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. The Governing Board has contracted with WestEd to assist in gathering feedback on the Design Document. Additional information on the Governing Board’s work and NAEP achievement levels can be found at www.nagb.org.
Public and private individuals and organizations are invited to provide written comments and recommendations. Voluntary participation by all interested parties is urged. Following are the review schedule, a description of the kinds of information that the Governing Board is seeking to obtain regarding the Design Document, and information for accessing additional materials that will be useful for this review.
Under Public Law 107-279, the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) is authorized to formulate policy guidelines for NAEP. The legislation specifies that the Governing Board is to develop appropriate student achievement levels for each subject and grade tested, as provided in section 303(e). Achievement levels are determined by identifying the knowledge that can be measured and verified objectively using widely accepted professional assessment standards and developing achievement levels that are consistent with relevant widely accepted professional assessment standards and based on the appropriate level of subject matter knowledge for grade levels to be assessed, or on the age of the students.
In preparation for conducting a study to set achievement levels for the new assessment of writing at grades 4, 8, and 12, the Governing Board seeks comment on the draft Design Document intended to guide this study. This is the first wholly computer-based NAEP, and the design calls for this to be the first computerized NAEP achievement levels setting process. Comments are invited, particularly on the computerization of the achievement levels setting process. All responses will be taken into consideration before finalizing the Design Document.
The Governing Board is seeking comment from policymakers, teachers, researchers, state and local writing specialists, members of professional writing and teacher organizations, and members of the public.
To assist with review and comment, the following materials are made available here:
It is anticipated that the finalized Design Document will be presented for approval to the Governing Board on March 10. Comments must be received by midnight Pacific Standard Time — February 25, 2011 and sent to:
WestEd, 730 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107, Attention: Jennae Bulat: Public Comment, FAX: (415) 615-3200, E-mail: JBulat@Wested.org.
Jennae Bulat, WestEd, 730 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107, Telephone: (415) 615-3260, FAX: (415) 615-3200, E-mail: JBulat@Wested.org.
Electronic Access to Documents: The documents available on the web page are in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at get.adobe.com/reader.