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NAEP Analysis and Scaling → Initial Activities → Summaries of Item-Level Response Rates for NAEP Assessments

Summaries of Item-Level Response Rates for NAEP Assessments

The links below provide tables with data on missing responses, which are categorized as omitted or not reached. The tables list data for a third type of response as well: an "off-task" response. An off-task response is one that is unrelated to the question and considered inappropriate. It applies to constructed-response items only.

In an effort to provide quality data, NAEP staff examine response rates for each item prior to scaling. Since response rates vary across subject areas and grades, a general guideline is used as a way to bring attention to any item requiring special consideration. Any item with an omit, not-reached, or off-task rate greater than 10 percent is investigated further.

Links to summary item-level response rates, national and state assessments, by subject area: Various years, 2000–2012
Year Subject area National State
2012 Economics R3
2011 Mathematics R3
Reading R3
Reading vocabulary R3
Science R3
Writing § §
2010 Civics R3
Geography R3
U.S. history R3
2009 Mathematics R3
Reading R3
Reading vocabulary R3
Science R3
2008 Music R3
Visual arts R3
2007 Mathematics R3
Reading R3
Writing § §
2006 Civics R3
Economics R3
U.S. history R3
2005 Mathematics R3
Reading R3
Science R3
2003 Mathematics R3
Reading R3
2002 Reading R3
Writing § §
2001 Geography R2 / R3
U.S. history R2 / R3
2000 Mathematics R2 / R3 R2 / R3
Reading R2 / R3
Science R2 / R3 R2 / R3
§ Item-level response rates cannot be calculated for NAEP writing assessments because each writing block contains a single item—a writing prompt.
† Not applicable.
NOTE: Table cells containing the term "R2" link to tables for R2 reporting population (non-accommodated); the term "R3" links to tables for the R3 reporting population (accommodated). The R3 sample type was the only sample type used in NAEP after 2001.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), various years, 2000–2012 Assessments.

Links to summary item-level response rates by assessment subject and type, long-term trend assessments: 2004, 2008, and 2012
Year Assessment subject and type National
2012 Mathematics long-term trend assessment R3
Reading long-term trend assessment R3
2008 Mathematics long-term trend assessment R3
Reading long-term trend assessment R3
2004 Mathematics long-term trend assessment R3
Reading long-term trend assessment R3
Mathematics long-term trend bridge study R3
Reading long-term trend bridge study R3
NOTE: Table cells containing the term "R3" link to tables for the R3 reporting population. The R3 sample type was the only sample type used in NAEP after 2001.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2004, 2008, and 2012 Long-Term Trend Assessments.

Last updated 24 February 2016 (GF)