Assessment data undergo an extensive process before they are released to the nation in a formal web-based report with accompanying data tools. This process involves
Before the data are analyzed, responses from sampled groups of students are statistically weighted to ensure that their representation in NAEP results parallel the actual percentage of the school population in the grades assessed.Learn More
In most subjects, data for national and state NAEP assessments are analyzed using the following process:
To ensure the reliability of NAEP results, extensive quality control and plausibility checks are carefully conducted as part of each analysis step. Quality control tasks are intended to verify that analysis steps have not introduced errors or artifacts into the results. Plausibility checks are intended to encourage thinking about the results, whether they make sense, and what story they tell.Learn More
NAEP and its partners create a web-based report presenting the results. This involves
NCES has developed a number of different publications and web-based tools that provide direct access to NAEP assessment results at the national, state, and urban district levels. For every major assessment release, specific content is developed that is suitable to the web environment. There is also a NAEP Publications Library that offers several types of printed reports, technical reports that contain the psychometric details of assessments, and other types of media related to a data release. The
Guide to Understanding Assessment Results serves as a useful resource when navigating and interpreting reports data.