WestEd is committed to an inclusive process for developing the framework and specifications for the 2014 NAEP Technology and Engineering Literacy Assessment that draws upon broad perspectives and expertise.
Steering and Planning Committees
The Steering Committee sets forth the policy and priorities to be represented in the framework, and its members will draw upon their widespread perspectives and expertise. It comprises experts in educational technology and technology education, including scientists, engineers, employers, policymakers, and members of the general public.
The Planning Committee has the primary responsibility for developing the technological
literacy framework and test specifications, following the guidelines set forth by the Steering Committee. It comprises technological literacy educators, educational technology experts, assessment experts, scientists, engineers, and teachers from public and private schools.
Hearings and Reviews
In addition, hundreds of people--technological literacy educators, scientists, engineers, school administrators, representatives of professional associations, business and
industry representatives, and members of the general public--will participate in hearings and/or write critical reviews of the framework document.
Assistance and Collaboration
Assisting WestEd with this important project will be:
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the professional association for
the state commissioners of education.
Key collaborating organizations include:
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) will ensure that the broad technology education field is well represented and that the products reflect the best available knowledge from the field.
The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) will ensure the involvement of teachers and engineers concerned with education about technology and engineering.
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) will connect the project to its business and state members for input and feedback.
The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) will work with state educational technology directors and policymakers in educational organizations to provide information on how educational technology supports teaching and learning.
All collaborating organizations will solicit feedback on the framework documents from their constituents, a process that will ensure a broad base of feedback from a wide range of experts in the field.