To ensure a fully representative sample of students across the nation, NAEP makes testing accommodations available to students with a disabilities (SD) and English language learners (ELL). The term "English language learner" was used in NAEP 2005 reports. The term "limited English proficient" (LEP) was used before 2005, and was used on all SD/LEP questionnaires administered to schools up to and including 2005. Collecting additional information about SD and ELL students provides educational policymakers with a broader understanding of their special needs in school curricula. The SD/ELL questionnaire is completed for each student who is selected to participate in the assessment and
|Assessment year||SD/ELL questionnaire||SD questionnaire||ELL
|† Not applicable.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Assessments
The SD/LEP questionnaire, which is completed by a school representative who knows the student, asks about the student’s SD/LEP classification, the kinds of support and resources provided by the school to the student, and what accommodations would allow the student to participate in NAEP or other standardized tests. The questionnaire is completed for each SD or LEP student in the sample, whether or not that student is included in the assessment.
NAEP policy states that if any doubt exists about a student’s ability to participate, the student should be included in the assessment. Beginning with the 1996 assessments, NAEP has allowed more accommodations for both categories of students. To learn more about the history of and current policy on the inclusion of SD, LEP, or SD/LEP students, see NAEP Inclusion Policy.
From 2000 to 2003, the content of SD/LEP questionnaires adhered to the following format:
The students with disabilities section includes items pertaining to
The limited-English-proficient students section includes items pertaining to
In 2004 and 2005, NAEP began administering separate questionnaires for SD and LEP students. The content of the questionnaires was expanded to include new types of items.
The students with disabilities section includes new items pertaining to:
The limited-English-proficient students section includes new items pertaining to