The NAEP materials distribution staff ordered, packaged, and distributed session and bulk materials to data collection administrators. Questionnaires and tracking forms were shipped to the data collection supervisors.
Pre-assembling of subject specific ancillary items into the appropriate-sized groupings for distribution was based on the spiral maps received from the NAEP instrument developers. Booklets and questionnaires were identified with a unique identification number through bar code technology. Test booklets were bundled for distribution.
Session and bulk materials were shipped out approximately three weeks before test administration began. Additional sessions were requested via the materials distribution contractor's additional orders system.
In 2004, the long-term trend assessment required shipping out of materials in three waves:
The field test materials were shipped out in early January of 2004.
|Assessment||Grade/age||Number of sessions distributed|
|Field test||Grade 4||740|
|Long-term trend||Age 9 reading/mathematics||1,055|
|Age 9 mathematics bridge T-1||279|
|Age 9 mathematics bridge T-2||272|
|Age 9 reading bridge||533|
|Age 13 reading/mathematics||1,144|
|Age 13 mathematics bridge T-1||315|
|Age 13 mathematics bridge T-2||286|
|Age 13 reading bridge||603|
|Age 17 reading/mathematics||1,103|
|Age 17 mathematics bridge T-1||433|
|Age 17 reading bridge||435|
|SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2004.|