I am honored to let you know that I have been appointed as a member of the NAGB (National Assessment Governing Board) Expert Panel on Uniform Rules for Testing Students with Disabilities (SD) on the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress). This test is often called ‘the nation’s report card.’ It’s supposed to be the common yard stick for measuring our nation’s students. The NAEP is a voluntary, representative test–given across the country at the 4th and 8th grade levels. Over the years, issues have arisen about HOW the test is administered to SD and to English language learners (ELL). These issues involve the exclusion of such students and the inconsistent use of accommodations on the test.
The Expert Panel is supposed to provide recommendations to the NAGB so that, in the future, the test can be given under uniform rules.
The work of this Panel is supposed to be completed by this summer. Any ideas? Pass them on to me.
Thank you and wish us luck! Our nation needs the NAEP to be a gold standard of validity and reliability.
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