Oklahoma Christian University journalism professor Philip Patterson was selected to serve on the panel.The panel’s work will shape the National Assessment of Educational Progress test from 2012 to 2027.
This will be the first time technological literacy will be evaluated on The Nation’s Report Card. Patterson said he is excited to help assess such a crucial matter.
“If schools know that tech literacy will be tested, they are more likely to teach it,” he said in a news release. “That means colleges get the benefit of better qualified students, as well.”
During the next 18 months, Patterson will make trips to Washington to help evaluate current and proposed assessment models with the committee. The committee consists of technology experts, engineers, teachers, scientists, business representatives and state and local policymakers. The committee will determine how to evaluate whether children are comfortable with and objective about the use of technology.Patterson said one of the reasons he was selected was because of Oklahoma Christian University’s reputation for graduating technologically literate students. In 2001, university officials offered wireless Internet throughout campus and a free laptop to every student who was enrolled full time.The university also offers free iPhones.