I attended this session at NECC 2009; Review of the NAEP Assessment Framework for Technological Literacy and I discussed some of my thoughts at my birds of a feather session yesterday on the eighth grade technology proficiency requirement. The web site for the NAEP Assessment Framework is here
What I found interesting is that the current technology literacy assessment requirement is around technology literacy which is based on each state’s standards and most state standards are based on ISTE’s NETS. But this initiative has ISTE as one of the players, but by no means the only player. ITEA is involved in this initiative as well as P21, CCSSO, and SETDA, however the involvement of ITEA is most interesting as well as the lack of involvement of AASL even though information research is a part of this framework.
Take a look at a few images of the materials that this initiative is working on that they shared at the session (in fairness to them, they are in draft form) Click on the image to view the image in full size.
Here are two more slides that I just found pictures of from this presentation.
Now consider your current school’s technology standards that are based on your state’s standards, which in turn are based on ISTE’s NETS. Then consider what your technology education standards are and what they are based on. Consider where and when you teach this to students. Finally consider what is the best manner for teaching this to students?
While NAEP work isn’t top down, they collect information and do research, most change in education does tend to be top down. Consider the NCLB 8th grade technology literacy requirement.
What we report on as a nation will impact how we construct curriculum, teach classes, and assess students. Finally, the more we assess students outside of our embedded practice, the less time we have for teaching and learning.