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Does Your School Participate in NAEP?

These short videos, designed for school staff and students, feature real students sharing their thoughts on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and how teachers and students can prepare to participate and excel in the program.

Introducing NAEP to Teachers              Introducing NAEP to Students

School Selection and Participation

The accurate and representative results produced by the NAEP assessments depend upon the enthusiastic participation of selected districts, schools, and classrooms.

NAEP in Your School

NAEP works to ensure that participating in the assessment causes as little disruption as possible for teachers and students. NAEP provides a comprehensive administration system and a full complement of informational material about the assessment and its goals. From January 27 through March 7, 2014, NAEP conducted national assessments in civics, geography, U.S. history, and technology and engineering literacy (TEL) at grade 8. Selected students participated in only one subject. Results will be available at the national level only. 

  • For more information about civics, geography, or U.S. history in your school, download NAEP in Your School PDF File (283 KB).

In 2014, the TEL assessment was operational for the first time. See the TEL Factsheet for public schools PDF File (261 KB)​. TEL was conducted at grade 8 on computers provided by NAEP representatives. TEL measures students' capacity to use, understand, and evaluate technology, as well as to understand technological principles and strategies needed to develop solutions and achieve goals. The results will be released at the national level. 

See more information and resources for the TEL assessment, including an overview video, tutorial, and framework.

In 2014, NAEP also administered national science pilots at grades 4, 8, and 12 in two formats: 

  1. the traditional paper-and-pencil assessment, and
  2. hands-on tasks (HOTs). 

Students took the science pilot in only one format. Results from the pilots will not be released; however, information collected from the pilot will be used to prepare for future NAEP assessments. 

​HOTs provide students an opportunity to demonstrate how well they are able to plan and conduct scientific investigations, reason through complex problems, and apply their knowledge in real-world contexts. See the complete library of released science HOTs. 

  • ​For more information about the science pilots occurring in your school, download NAEP in Your School PDF File (253 KB).​

Use the following resources to find out more about NAEP:

Newsletter—Measure Up: NAEP News for the School Community

Stay up-to-speed with NAEP news by reading the latest version of Measure Up PDF File (1.3 MB), a newsletter for the public school community. In this issue, read about the recent 2014 assessments, the upcoming scoring process, and when schools will be notified about the 2015 assessments. 

About NAEP Assessments

The booklets below illustrate how context is provided for the assessment data.

  • Sample Questions Booklets will familiarize students and their parents with the assessment structure, types of subject-area questions asked, and questions about students' education-related experiences. They are provided to all participating schools and parents can see what types of questions NAEP asks in the section for parents (also for Spanish-speaking parents) on this website.
  • To learn more about the information NAEP is required to collect for the purposes of federal educational research, take a look at the questionnaires for principals, teachers, and students.

Learn more about NAEP in general and find links to important features of the NAEP websites on the NAEP Overview page, and check for upcoming and recent NAEP activities.

How Participating Schools Contact NAEP

You can find answers to any additional questions you may have about scheduling, materials, or any other aspects of the assessment in several ways: 

  • Consult your personalized MySchool website on MyNAEP.
  • Call 800-283-6237 (800-283-NAEP) Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.

Last updated 28 March 2014 (AA)
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