National and International Criterion-Referenced Surveys
National and state assessments enable us to know how well students are doing in a variety of subjects at different ages and grade levels. International assessments allow us the unique opportunity to benchmark our students' performance to the performance of students in other countries. Florida participates in several national (NAEP) and international (PIRLS, PISA, TIMSS) criterion-referenced surveys.
NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Since NAEP assessments are administered uniformly to all participating students using the same test booklets and identical procedures across the nation, NAEP results serve as a common metric for states and the urban districts that participate in the assessment. The NAEP program is divided into two groups of assessments: Main NAEP and Long-Term Trend NAEP.
PIRLS is an international comparative study of the reading literacy of young students. It collects data on the reading achievement, experiences, and attitudes of fourth-grade students in the United States and students in the equivalent of fourth grade in other participating countries, as well as information on students' classroom and school contexts.
PISA is an international assessment that measures 15-year-old students' reading, mathematics, and science literacy. It assesses students' applied knowledge and skills to problems within a real-life context as they near the end of compulsory schooling. PISA makes the assumption that as students transition to adult life, they need not only to comprehend what they read or to retain particular mathematical formulas or scientific concepts, but also to know how to apply their knowledge and skills in the many different situations they will encounter in their everyday lives.
TIMSS is an international comparative study of student performance in mathematics and science at the fourth and eighth grade levels. It collects data on achievement, experiences, and attitudes of fourth- and eighth-grade students in the United States and students in the equivalent grades in other participating countries, as well as information on classroom and school contexts.