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Administer the Assessment

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.

What's on the Test?

Sample Questions and TutorialsExplore over 3,000 sample questions released from previous assessments or watch a tutorial that students will be asked to complete on their tablets before taking the assessment.
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Survey QuestionnairesRead about and download survey questionnaires given to students, teachers, and school administrators who participate in a NAEP assessment.

NAEP Representative Responsibilities

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:

  • scheduling assessments with the schools;
  • providing schools with information about notifying parents/guardians;
  • reviewing contextual information about students, such as whether students who participate in the National School Lunch Program receive free or reduced-price lunches;
  • distributing student assessment materials or administer digitally based assessments, as appropriate;
  • administering accommodations sessions as needed;
  • answering and tracking questions students ask during the assessment;
  • conducting quality control procedures for all assessment materials following the administration; and
  • shipping materials to the scoring facility.

NAEP representatives sign and observe the NAEP Code of Ethics, which defines the principles that are the foundation for fair and accurate test administration and data collection.

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NAEP School Coordinator Responsibilities

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:

  • schedule the assessment date,
  • provide a list of all eligible students for sampling,
  • inform teachers and students about the assessment,
  • inform parents about the assessment, and
  • provide space for the assessment.
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Request an Administration Manual

You can learn more about NAEP administration by ordering an administration manual.

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How Can I Join the NAEP Representatives Team?

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Last updated 11 February 2022 (AA)