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Development of NAEP Frameworks

Each NAEP subject area assessment is based on a framework developed by the National Assessment Governing Board. Each framework provides:

  • the theoretical basis for the assessment,
  • the direction for what types of items should be included in the assessment,
  • how the items should be designed, and 
  • how the items should be scored.

The Governing Board, through its Assessment Development Committee, closely monitors all steps in the framework development process. This process results in recommendations for Governing Board action in the form of three key documents:

In May 2002, the Governing Board released a Framework Development Policy Statement detailing the guiding principles of NAEP frameworks under the No Child Left Behind Act.


Last updated 05 October 2010 (GF)

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