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Last Friday, a tweet went out from SimpleK12 that new technology assessments were going to be done at grades 4, 8, and 12.


Where did you hear this? RT @SimpleK12: Tech literacy will be required at 4, 8, and 12 grades. Now, nclb only says 8 #tcea2010

This caught some folks off-guard since the NCLB technology literacy assessment occurs only at grade 8. The assessment being referred to is NAEP’s technology assessment for 2012:

A discussion draft of the framework for the national assessment of technological literacy, the first to gauge students’ understanding of and skill in using a range of tools, has been presented to the board that oversees the testing program.

The computer-based National Assessment of Educational Progress in technological literacy, scheduled to be administered to a representative sample of the nation’s 4th, 8th, and 12th graders for the first time in 2012, will evaluate students’ understanding of technology tools and their design, the ways they can be used to gather information and communicate ideas, and their impact on society.
Source: EdWeek

Here are a few links to articles/blog entries about the NAEP Technology Assessment, and perhaps, Sylvia Martinez (Generation YES Blog) will give us some new insights since she’s participating in the development.

I do remember they caused some concern when they first came out. For example, Geoff Fletcher from THE Journal wrote:

WATCH OUT, tech directors. A train wreck is coming your way and you’re sure to receive some collateral damage.
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That said, I am increasingly of the opinion that the more assessment, the better. Perhaps school district leadership will take what is assessed more seriously. What a metacognitive puzzle it will be if they decide to use drill-n-practice to prepare students for technology assessments!

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