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Examining the Reading Framework for the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress

$16.00 [4.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours]

Course Number: #02-536

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Course Description

The purpose of the National Assessment of Educational Progress is to measure national, regional, state, and subgroup achievement in reading by measuring students’ reading comprehension and their ability to apply vocabulary knowledge to assist them in comprehension. This continuing education course, developed using information from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment Governing Board, presents the conceptual base for, and discusses the content of, the assessment. The design of reading compression testing, primary components of the framework, and the purpose and goals of vocabulary assessment are also included.

Course Objectives

1. Evaluate the definitions of reading that have informed framework development for the assessment.

2. Outline the factors that influence reading performance, the nature of reading behaviors, and the purposes for reading.

3. Discuss commonalities in reading behavior across text types, text characteristics, and structural differences in text.

4. Identify components of vocabulary assessment on the NAEP assessment, including purpose and goals.

5. Describe characteristics of literary and informational texts selected for inclusion on the NAEP Reading Assessment.

6. Exhibit an understanding of how cognitive targets are used to guide the assessment.

7. Determine how results of the NAEP Reading Assessment administrations are reported.


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