A federal test of technology literacy is being developed for the National Assessment Governing Board, which runs the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). From Business Week:
NAGB officials and others hope the test will help reverse the slide in U.S. test scores and enrollment in such subjects as science, math, and engineering, and ultimately address the more generally waning competitiveness of the U.S. in technology . . .
Enrollment in graduate-level computer science and engineering is dropping, says the National Science Foundation. The number of full-time graduate enrollments in computer science and engineering courses decreased 11%, to 29,800, in 2004, the last year for which data is available, since peaking in 2002, according to the foundation. The number of foreigners with bachelor’s degrees holding jobs in U.S. science and engineering almost doubled, to 19%, from 1990 to 2005.
Test developers will consult with teachers and with representatives from Intel, Google and other companies to write a test for use by 2012.
If you test it, will they learn?