The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is administered to students across the nation by trained NAEP representatives and with the support of school coordinators. It takes approximately 120 minutes for students to complete an assessment.
Assessments are set up and administered by a team of approximately three to four NAEP representatives. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides all necessary equipment, including student tablets with an attached keyboard, stylus, earbuds, administrator tablet, and a router that provides a closed wireless network for the devices to communicate. Schools are asked to provide space, desks or tables, and access to electrical outlets. Schools do not need to provide internet access. Two sequential sessions are conducted at each sampled school, with approximately 25 students in each session.
Students complete a tutorial that helps them understand how to use the tablets and system tools, as well as how to enter their responses. Survey questionnaires are also administered on tablets to students that record information about their learning experiences.
NAEP representatives go into schools across the nation to administer assessments to students who are part of the NAEP sample.
NAEP representatives are trained to collect and safeguard NAEP assessment data in order to guarantee its accuracy and integrity. The representatives also provide support to and reduce the burden for participating schools throughout the assessment process. Representatives receive extensive training in administering NAEP assessments. This training includes (but is not necessarily limited to) learning about procedures for conducting the following tasks:
Individual schools participating in NAEP designate an in-school staff member to be the school coordinator. The school coordinator collaborates on assessment activities with NAEP representatives. School coordinators complete the following tasks with the help of the NAEP representatives and the NAEP State Coordinator:
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