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.
Using NAEP spiral maps, staff grouped subject specific ancillary items into groups that were appropriately sized for distribution. 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 and materials were requested via the materials distribution contractor's additional orders system.
The materials distribution contractor's on-line materials tracking system provided NAEP data collection staff with
It was also used to record when the materials were sent back and when they arrived at the materials distribution processing center.
|Grade||Session type||Number of sessions distributed|
|4||Reading, mathematics, civics||906|
|8||Reading, mathematics, civics, writing||970|
|12||Civics, writing, economics||1,241|
|NOTE: Operational assessments in 2006 included civics, economics, and U.S. history. Assessments in reading, mathematics, and writing were field tests only.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2006 Assessment.