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Target Population and Sample Sizes of the 2000 National Main Assessment

The target population for the 2000 national main assessment consisted of approximately 10 million students: 3.7 million fourth-graders, 3.5 million eighth-graders, and 2.8 million twelfth-graders enrolled in public and private elementary and secondary schools in the United States and the District of Columbia. This population included Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS).

Target population of students in public schools, by grade, national main assessment: 2000
Grade Number of public school students Number of public schools
Total 9,965,000 95,000
4 3,686,400 49,600
8 3,497,000 25,600
12 2,781,600 19,700
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2000.

The total sample size for the national main assessment was 106,500 students:

  • 45,500 at grade 4,

  • 31,500 at grade 8, and

  • 29,500 at grade 12.

The table below provides the student sample size goals by type of school, grade, and subject area.

Student sample size goals, by subject area, school type, and grade, national main assessment: 2000
Grade Subject area Total sample size Public school sample Private school sample
Total 106,500 63,000 43,500
4 Mathematics 13,800 7,000 6,800
Reading 8,000 6,000 2,000
Science 15,800 9,000 6,800
8 Reading 15,800 9,000 6,800
Science 15,800 9,000 6,800
12 Mathematics 13,800 7,000 6,800
Science 15,800 9,000 6,800
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2000.

Last updated 19 March 2008 (GF)

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