How States Join
States receiving Title I funding must participate in the state component of NAEP in mathematics and reading at grades 4 and 8 every two years beginning in 2003. States and jurisdictions can volunteer to participate in the other state NAEP subjects, science and writing. The Commissioner of Education Statistics sends a letter describing the upcoming subjects and grades for national and state NAEP to the chief state school officers or appropriate official each fall.
The state assumes responsibility for:
- designating a coordinator to act as a liaison with NCES and the NAEP contractors;1
- securing the cooperation of the public schools sampled by the contractor and obtaining lists of fourth- and/or eighth-grade students from each participating school;
- securing the cooperation of the students to be assessed and notifying parents as necessary;
- agreeing that the state shall not disclose any NAEP assessment data in such a way that any individual student or individual school is identified; and
- reviewing the assessment results and giving permission for results to be published.
NCES assumes responsibility for and cost of the following activities:
- funding the state coordinator position;
- providing to the state full information about the process for developing objectives to be tested before entering into the agreement;
- providing to the state full information about the standards for sampling, test administration, test security, data collection, validation, and reporting;
- providing a state-representative sample of schools and students (usually, this is approximately 2,500 students from about 100 public schools per grade/per subject);
- providing test development, test materials, and scoring and reporting results;
- providing trained assessment administrators to administer the assessments and other questionnaires; and
- handling all materials and quality control connected with the NAEP administration.
Last updated 1 November 2002 (DSS)