National and International Testing

Insights into the educational practices and student achievement are obtained through several national and international assessment programs. These studies provide data and other information that can be used to compare how Ohio educates its children and its success level compared to other states and countries.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP):

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only nationally representative, continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. As a congressionally mandated project of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the U.S. Department of Education, NAEP provides a comprehensive measure of students' learning at critical junctures in their school experiences. NAEP plays an integral role in evaluating the conditions and progress of the nation's and individual states' student education at grades four, eight and 12. The reading and mathematics assessments for grades four and eight are administered in all states on a regular two-year cycle.

Progress in International Reading and Literacy Study

The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is an international comparative study of the reading literacy of young students. PIRLS studies the reading achievement and reading behaviors and attitudes of fourth-grade students in the United States and students in the equivalent of fourth grade in other participating countries.

Program for International Student Assessment (PISA):

The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a system of international assessments that measures 15-year-olds’ capabilities in reading, mathematics, and science every three years. First implemented in 2000, PISA is carried out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization of industrialized countries.

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS):

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), formerly known as the Third International Mathematics and Science Study, was developed by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) to measure trends in students' mathematics and science achievement. TIMSS provides participating countries with an opportunity to measure students' progress in mathematics and science at grades four and eight on a regular four-year cycle.

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