To provide supplemental information about the instructional experiences reported by students, teachers are asked to complete a questionnaire about their instructional practices, classroom organization, teaching background and training, and the subject in which students are being assessed. While teachers’ completion of the questionnaire is voluntary, NAEP encourages their participation since their responses make the NAEP assessment more accurate and complete.
Teacher questionnaires are organized into different parts. The first part of the teacher questionnaire tends to cover background and general training, and includes items concerning years of teaching experience, certifications, degrees, major and minor fields of study, course work in education, course work in specific subject areas, the amount of in-service training, the extent of control over instructional issues, and the availability of resources for the classroom.
Subsequent parts of the teacher questionnaire tend to cover training in the subject area, classroom instructional information, and teacher exposure to issues related to the subject and the teaching of the subject. They also ask about pre- and in-service training, the ability level of the students in the class, the length of homework assignments, use of particular resources, and how students are assigned to particular classes.
The content and format of teacher questionnaires differ slightly from year to year and depend on what grade level and subject area are being assessed. The table below includes links to teacher questionnaires administered between 2000 and 2011. For more information on how items are developed for the teacher questionnaire and how the resulting data are used and analyzed, see NAEP Questionnaires for Students, Teachers, and Schools.
|Subject area||Grade 4||Grade 8||Grade 12|
|Civics/Geography/U.S. History (2010)||†||788K||†|
|Civics/Geography/U.S. History/Writing (2010)||891K||†||†|
|Civics, U.S. History (2006)||200K||129K||†|
|Language Arts/Mathematics (2007)||384K||†||†|
|Language Arts (2007)||†||121K||†|
|U.S. History (2001)||122K||90K||†|
|† Not applicable; a teacher questionnaire was not created for this grade and subject area in the given assessment year.
NOTE: In the 2000 assessment, teacher questionnaires were administered at grade 12; however, the questionnaire responses were not used in the assessment analysis and were not linked to student responses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Various years, 2000-2011 Assessments.