National participation

Sampling procedures for the National Indian Education Study (NIES) were designed to produce information representative of the target population of all fourth- and eighth-grade American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students in the United States attending public, Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), Department of Defense, and private schools. The sample selection for NIES took place in conjunction with the sampling activities for the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessments at grades 4 and 8.

The samples of AI/AN students participating in the 2011 NAEP reading and mathematics assessments, upon which the student performance results are based, represent augmentations of the sample of AI/AN students who would usually be selected to participate in NAEP. This allows more detailed reporting of performance for this group. Find out more about the NIES sampling and weighting procedures.

 Grade 4
Grade 8
Number of participating schools with AI/AN students and number of participating AI/AN students, by grade and type of school: 2011
Type of School Grade 8
Schools in NIES Survey Students
NIES survey Reading
Overall 2,000 10,300 4,100 4,200
Public 1,900 8,500 3,200 3,300
BIE 100 1,700 800 900
Private 20
DoDEA 20
‡ Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: AI/AN = American Indian/Alaska Native. BIE = Bureau of Indian Education. For public and BIE schools, the number of schools and the number of students are rounded to the nearest hundred. DoDEA = Department of Defense Education Activity (overseas and domestic schools). The number of private and Department of Defense schools are rounded to the nearest ten. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2011 National Indian Education Study.