Technology and Engineering Literacy Framework for the 2014 NAEP

Because of the growing importance of technology and engineering in the educational landscape, the National Assessment Governing Board sought to create the first-ever national assessment in Technology and Engineering Literacy. The 2014 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Technology and Engineering framework is a statement about what should be expected of students in terms of their knowledge and skills with technology, written to be the basis for an assessment of technology and engineering literacy appropriate for all students. In the framework, technology is defined as "any modification of the natural world done to fulfill human needs or desires" and engineering is "a systematic and often iterative approach to designing objects, processes, and systems to meet human needs and wants." The framework broadly defines technological and engineering literacy as "the capacity to use, understand, and evaluate technology as well as to understand technological principles and strategies needed to develop solutions and achieve goals." The framework provided here describes the essential knowledge and skills that will be assessed on the NAEP Technology and Engineering Literacy Assessment, divided into three major areas—Technology and Society, Design and Systems, and Information and Communication Technology.

The National Assessment Governing Board is an independent, bipartisan board that sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as The Nation's Report Card. Please click here to view other NAEP frameworks