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Assessing Technological Literacy

The full RFP has not been issued yet, but the feds put out a pre-solicitation notice for: “Conducting a Special Study in Technological Literacy for the 2012 National Assessment of Educational Progress.”  In other words, as part of the 2012 administration of the NAEP, there will be an assessment of technological literacy (presumably of 4th, 8th and 12th graders).  The National Assessment Governing Board, the lead NAEP agency, will be looking for a contractor to develop the measures. 

I was asked by a colleague if I’d be interested in bidding when the RFP is released.  I’m hesitant for one main reason.  First, the RFP isn’t released yet and the notice indicates that proposals will be due July-August 2008.  So, that’s a 3-month turnaround at best.  That would indicate to me a less-than-open competition; nobody not totally in-the-know could put together a winning proposal in such a short period of time.  My guess is that the proposal will be written with certain folks in mind.  Who?  Well, any or all of the members of this committee.  Those are the folks responsible for compiling this really interesting resource: Tech Tally: Approaches to Assessing Technological Literacy.

  You can read the whole book online at the link above (or buy it, of course).

I also wonder, will “technological literacy” mean something different in 2012 than it does today?  If so, how do we develop measures of something unknown?

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