Measuring American Education Reform: National Assessment of Educational Progress: Carnegie Corporation of New York, 1964

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In 1964, in response to the sense of need for better evidence of the success or failure of education reforms, the Carnegie Corporation of New York allocated $112,500 for an internal study of the feasibility and need for a regular assessment of the progress of education in the United States and the formation of a committee to explore the possibilities of measuring educational progress. Follow-up grants funded the work of the newly formed exploratory committee, called the Committee on Assessing the Progress of Education, as well as a set of conferences to complement the work of the Committee and the development of educational assessment tests. By 1967, the Committee decided to assess periodically the progress of the education system in ten areas of learning: reading, writing, science, mathematics, social studies, citizenship, music, literature, fine arts, and vocational education. In June 1969, the Corporation made a final grant of $750,000 to the Committee on Assessing the Progress of Education to finalize the development of its assessment tools. The Corporation also made a $250,000 grant to the Education Commission of the States, to which administration and control of National Assessment of Educational Progress, known today by the U.S. Department of Education as “the Nation’s Report Card,” was transferred.



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