If your school is participating in NAEP, the following sections will provide helpful information.
These short videos, designed for school staff and students, feature real students sharing their thoughts on the National Assessment of Educational Progress and how teachers and students can prepare to participate and excel in the program.
The accurate and representative results produced by the NAEP assessments depend upon the enthusiastic participation of selected districts, schools, and classrooms.
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. On January 27 through March 7, 2014, NAEP will conduct national assessments in civics, geography, U.S. history, and technology and engineering literacy (TEL) at grade 8. Students who are selected will participate in only one subject. Results will be available at the national level only.
In 2014, the TEL assessment will be operational for the first time. TEL will be 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.
NAEP will also administer national science pilots at grades 4, 8, and 12 in three formats: the traditional paper-and-pencil assessment, hands-on tasks (HOTs), and interactive computer tasks (ICTs). The paper-and-pencil assessment and HOTs will be administered between January 27 and March 7, 2014; the ICTs will be administered between March 17 and April 18, 2014. Students will take the science pilot in only one format. Results from the pilots will not be released; however, information collected from the pilots is 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. ICTs ask students to solve problems in a computer-based environment, often by stimulating a natural or laboratory setting. See the complete library of released science HOTs and ICTs.
Use the following resources to find out more about NAEP:
The booklets below illustrate how context is provided for the assessment data.
You can find answers to any additional questions you may have about scheduling, materials, or any other aspects of the assessment in several ways: