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Student Booklets for the 2002 Writing Assessment

The instruments used in the NAEP writing assessment are composed of writing prompts from previous NAEP assessments, as well as newly developed prompts for the current assessment. Administering the same blocks (i.e., prompts, in the case of the writing assessment) across years allows for the reporting of trends in writing performance. At the same time, developing blocks makes it possible to release some for public use. In some assessment years, one or more blocks at each grade are released to the public.

Test developers chose 51 blocks (writing prompts) from the 1998 assessment—17 at each grade—to use in the 2002 assessment. Time allotted per block was 25 minutes.In addition, they created three new blocks at each grade and released three blocks (prompts) to the public. These released blocks can be accessed via the NAEP Questions Tool.

The tables below display the NAEP 2002 writing assessment student booklet configurations for grade 4, grade 8, and grade 12.

Student booklet configuration, grade 4 writing assessment, by booklet number: 2002
Booklet
number
Cognitive block 1 Cognitive block 2 Background question directions General student background questions Writing background questions
W201 W4 W16 BD D1 BW1
W202 W16 W11 BD D1 BW1
W203 W11 W3 BD D1 BW1
W204 W3 W181 BD D1 BW1
W205 W181 W19 BD D1 BW1
W206 W19 W20 BD D1 BW1
W207 W20 W12 BD D1 BW1
W208 W12 W7 BD D1 BW1
W209 W7 W21 BD D1 BW1
W210 W21 W22 BD D1 BW1
W211 W22 W181 BD D1 BW1
W212 W181 W14 BD D1 BW1
W213 W14 W5 BD D1 BW1
W214 W5 W19 BD D1 BW1
W215 W19 W171 BD D1 BW1
W216 W171 W61 BD D1 BW1
W217 W61 W20 BD D1 BW1
W218 W20 W21 BD D1 BW1
W219 W21 W15 BD D1 BW1
W220 W15 W8 BD D1 BW1
W221 W8 W22 BD D1 BW1
W222 W22 W13 BD D1 BW1
W223 W13 W9 BD D1 BW1
W224 W9 W4 BD D1 BW1
W225 W4 W3 BD D1 BW1
W226 W3 W5 BD D1 BW1
W227 W5 W61 BD D1 BW1
W228 W61 W7 BD D1 BW1
W229 W7 W8 BD D1 BW1
W230 W8 W9 BD D1 BW1
W231 W9 W10 BD D1 BW1
W232 W10 W11 BD D1 BW1
W233 W11 W14 BD D1 BW1
W234 W14 W171 BD D1 BW1
W235 W171 W12 BD D1 BW1
W236 W12 W15 BD D1 BW1
W237 W15 W13 BD D1 BW1
W238 W13 W16 BD D1 BW1
W239 W16 W10 BD D1 BW1
W240 W10 W4 BD D1 BW1
1 Three new blocks were created at grade 4 for the 2002 assessment: W6, W17, and W18.
NOTE: The legend for the table is as follows: W = Reading; BD = Background question directions; D = General student background questions; BW = Background questions for Writing. Although similar block numbers exist at different grades (e.g., Block W4 appears at grades 4, 8, and 12), the prompts that compose each block are different.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2002 Writing Assessment.

Student booklet configuration, grade 8 writing assessment, by booklet number: 2002
Booklet
number
Cognitive block 1 Cognitive block 2 Background question directions General student background questions Writing background questions
W201 W3 W4 BD D1 BW1
W202 W4 W5 BD D1 BW1
W203 W5 W6 BD D1 BW1
W204 W6 W7 BD D1 BW1
W205 W7 W8 BD D1 BW1
W206 W8 W91 BD D1 BW1
W207 W91 W13 BD D1 BW1
W208 W13 W191 BD D1 BW1
W209 W19 W7 BD D1 BW1
W210 W7 W14 BD D1 BW1
W211 W14 W21 BD D1 BW1
W212 W21 W5 BD D1 BW1
W213 W5 W12 BD D1 BW1
W214 W12 W17 BD D1 BW1
W215 W17 W23 BD D1 BW1
W216 W23 W20 BD D1 BW1
W217 W20 W21 BD D1 BW1
W218 W21 W22 BD D1 BW1
W219 W22 W191 BD D1 BW1
W220 W191 W24 BD D1 BW1
W221 W24 W8 BD D1 BW1
W222 W8 W151 BD D1 BW1
W223 W151 W22 BD D1 BW1
W224 W22 W6 BD D1 BW1
W225 W6 W16 BD D1 BW1
W226 W16 W20 BD D1 BW1
W227 W20 W4 BD D1 BW1
W228 W4 W11 BD D1 BW1
W229 W11 W12 BD D1 BW1
W230 W12 W16 BD D1 BW1
W231 W16 W14 BD D1 BW1
W232 W14 W151 BD D1 BW1
W233 W151 W13 BD D1 BW1
W234 W13 W17 BD D1 BW1
W235 W17 W11 BD D1 BW1
W236 W11 W91 BD D1 BW1
W237 W91 W3 BD D1 BW1
W238 W3 W24 BD D1 BW1
W239 W24 W23 BD D1 BW1
W240 W23 W3 BD D1 BW1
1 Three new blocks were created at grade 8 for the 2002 assessment:  W9, W15, and W19.
NOTE: The legend for the table is as follows: W = Reading; BD = Background question directions; D = General student background questions; BW = Background questions for Writing. Although similar block numbers exist at different grades (e.g., Block W4 appears at grades 4, 8, and 12), the prompts that compose each block are different.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2002 Writing Assessment.

Student booklet configuration, grade 12 writing assessment, by booklet number: 2002
Booklet number Cognitive block 1 Cognitive block 2 Background question directions General student background questions Writing background questions
W201 W3 W4 BD D1 BW1
W202 W4 W51 BD D1 BW1
W203 W51 W6 BD D1 BW1
W204 W6 W7 BD D1 BW1
W205 W7 W23 BD D1 BW1
W206 W23 W15 BD D1 BW1
W207 W15 W9 BD D1 BW1
W208 W9 W101 BD D1 BW1
W209 W101 W11 BD D1 BW1
W210 W11 W12 BD D1 BW1
W211 W12 W13 BD D1 BW1
W212 W13 W14 BD D1 BW1
W213 W14 W15 BD D1 BW1
W214 W15 W17 BD D1 BW1
W215 W17 W18 BD D1 BW1
W216 W18 W19 BD D1 BW1
W217 W19 W20 BD D1 BW1
W218 W20 W211 BD D1 BW1
W219 W211 W22 BD D1 BW1
W220 W22 W23 BD D1 BW1
W221 W23 W24 BD D1 BW1
W222 W24 W9 BD D1 BW1
W223 W9 W17 BD D1 BW1
W224 W17 W24 BD D1 BW1
W225 W24 W18 BD D1 BW1
W226 W18 W101 BD D1 BW1
W227 W101 W3 BD D1 BW1
W228 W3 W19 BD D1 BW1
W229 W19 W11 BD D1 BW1
W230 W11 W4 BD D1 BW1
W231 W4 W20 BD D1 BW1
W232 W20 W12 BD D1 BW1
W233 W12 W51 BD D1 BW1
W234 W51 W211 BD D1 BW1
W235 W211 W13 BD D1 BW1
W236 W13 W6 BD D1 BW1
W237 W6 W22 BD D1 BW1
W238 W22 W14 BD D1 BW1
W239 W14 W7 BD D1 BW1
W240 W7 W3 BD D1 BW1
1 Three new blocks were created at grade 12 for the 2002 assessment:  W5, W10, and W21.
NOTE: The legend for the table is as follows: W = Reading; BD = Background question directions; D = General student background questions; BW = Background questions for Writing. Although similar block numbers exist at different grades (e.g., Block W4 appears at grades 4, 8, and 12), the prompts that compose each block are different.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2002 Writing Assessment.

Last updated 18 February 2009 (RF)

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