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Distribution of Materials for the 2006 Assessment

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

  • the date on which their materials were shipped,
  • tracking numbers assigned to their shipments,
  • when to expect their shipments, and
  • a place to record the date the materials arrived.

It was also used to record when the materials were sent back and when they arrived at the materials distribution processing center.

Number of sessions distributed, by session type and grade: 2006
Grade Session type Number of sessions distributed
4 Reading, mathematics, civics 906
U.S. history 367
8 Reading, mathematics, civics, writing 970
U.S. history 505
12 Civics, writing, economics 1,241
U.S. history 660
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.

Last updated 06 January 2010 (GF)

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