Results of The Nation's Report Card: Writing 2011, Grades 8 and 12 First-of-Its-Kind Computer-Based NAEP Assessment Reveals Students' Skills in Writing

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The national results of The Nation's Report Card: Writing 2011, Grades 8 and 12 will be released Sept. 14 via a live webinar. This groundbreaking, state-of-the-art assessment measures how well students write in on-demand situations for specific purposes and audiences using a laptop computer and word-processing software. Webinar participants will gain insight into the percentage of students that performed at the Basic, Proficient, and Advanced achievement levels, find out how students engaged with computer-based technology, learn about relationships between student background factors and academic performance, and much more.

A distinguished panel of experts will discuss the report's findings and provide insight into what students know and can do in this key subject area and the importance of computer-based assessments in an increasingly technology-driven culture. Webinar panelists include:

  • Jack Buckley, Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics
  • Arthur Applebee, Distinguished Professor of Education; Chair, Department of Educational Theory and Practice; Director, Center on English Learning and Achievement, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • Beverly Chin, Director, English Teaching Program, Department of English, University of Montana, Missoula
  • Susan Pimentel, Educational Consultant; Curriculum Specialist and Member, National Assessment Governing Board 


What: Live webinar to discuss results of The Nation's Report Card: Writing 2011, Grades 8 and 12

When: Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at 11 a.m. EDT

How to register: Visit

GAIN EARLY ACCESS TO RESULTS: Approved media representatives can gain embargoed access to materials on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at 11 a.m. EDT. Access must be requested. Please contact Sarah Johnson at 202.499.2386 or

PARTICIPATE IN EMBARGOED PRE-EVENT CALL: Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 (time to be confirmed). Media representatives are encouraged to discuss the embargoed data and information with experts in advance of the release. Access must be requested. Please contact Sarah Johnson at 202.499.2386 or

FOR MEDIA REQUESTS AND INTERVIEWS: Contact Stephaan Harris, 202.357.7504 or


The Nation's Report Card is the largest nationally representative, continuing evaluation of the condition of education in the United States and has served as a national yardstick of student achievement since 1969. Through the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), The Nation's Report Card informs the public about what America's students know and can do in various subject areas and compares achievement data among states and various student demographic groups.

The National Assessment Governing Board is an independent, bipartisan board whose members include governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators, business representatives, and members of the general public. Congress created the 26-member Governing Board in 1988 to set policy for NAEP.        

SOURCE National Assessment Governing Board


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