National assessments to test students in technology, engineering

The National Center for Education Statistics is expected to finish a pilot exam this month that would assess the technology- and engineering-literacy skills of eighth-grade students. A final version of the exam is expected to be administered nationally in 2014. "What we're talking about here is trying to put the 'T-E in STEM," said NCES Commissioner Sean P. "Jack" Buckley. "We've been assessing the [science and math] for some time, but it's been much harder to figure out the framework for an actual, practical, functional field assessment for technology and engineering components."

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