Below are only a few suggestions for finding additional NAEP results and related information. Many of the reports and data files on the Web will require the use of the (free) Adobe Acrobat Reader; for information on installing the Reader, click on the Help link at the NAEP Web site, http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/.
For details of the framework on which the writing assessment was developed, see Writing Framework for the National Assessment of Educational Progress: 1992-1998 (155K PDF), the companion report, the NAEP 1998 Writing Report Card for the Nation and the States. Both that report and the NAEP 1998 Writing State Reports are available on the NAEP Web site. For details of the framework on which the writing assessment was developed, see http://www.nagb.org/. Click on the Publications button on the left, and then click on Writing Framework and Specifications for the 1998 National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Technical information about the assessment will be available in the NAEP 1998 Technical Report in 2000. Until that technical report is available, many questions may be answered by searching in the Technical Report of the NAEP 1996 State Assessment Program in Science, to be found at the NAEP Web site. The science assessment was also on a within-grade scale, so science scaling procedures would be more similar to writing than would the scaling procedures in the mathematics assessment (which was on a cross-grade scale).
Information on each jurisdiction's participation rates for schools and students is in Appendix A of the Writing Report Card to be found at the NAEP Web site.
For more findings from the 1998 writing assessments, refer to the 1998 results at the NAEP Web site. On the release date, the summary data tables (SDTs) at this site will include student, school, and teacher variables for all jurisdictions, the nation, and the four NAEP geographic regions. Complete SDTs will be available for all jurisdictions, with all background questions cross-tabulated with the major demographic reporting variables (for instance, hours of television watched by level of parental education or limited English proficiency by race/ethnicity).
The following variables can be found in the summary data tables (SDTs) at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/naepdata/. More information on these variables is available in Appendix A of the Writing Report Card at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/, the NAEP Web site. The variables reported here, with their labels in the tables are:
NAEP also offers various special reports on writing that may be of particular interest to teachers. These may be ordered from the source at the end of this section, and some of them can be accessed and printed from the Web.
Some special reports on reading may be of interest to language arts teachers:
For ordering information on these reports, write:
U.S. Department of Education
P.O. Box 1398
Jessup, MD 20794-1398
or call toll free 1-877-4 ED PUBS (1-877-433-7827)
NAEP reports in addition to those listed above are available at the NAEP Web site. Click on the "PUBLICATIONS" link to get a list of NAEP-related NCES publications and data products. (Alternatively, you may go to http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/, enter the NCES publication number, or enter key words from the title or author information in the "Enter searchword(s)" box, and/or select National Assessment of Educational Progress in the "Additional search options" box.) For many of the publications, a free copy may be ordered on line. Click on the title of a publication in which you are interested. If printed copies are available, the next page will have a link to "Order Your Free Copy Now From EdPubs".
All of the released items from the 1998 writing assessment are available in the Writing Report Card, and on the NAEP Web site. The NAEP Questions Tool presents questions, scoring guides, actual responses, and scores from released portions of NAEP assessments. To access this tool from the NAEP Web site, click on "SAMPLE QUESTIONS." There is a tutorial for first time users.
Last updated 12 April 2004 (CC)