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Survey Questionnaires

Questionnaires for Students, Teachers, and School Administrators

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) survey questionnaires are voluntarily completed by students, teachers, and school administrators who participate in a NAEP assessment. Survey questionnaires collect additional information about students' demographics and educational experiences. Responses to the questionnaires provide important information for educators, policymakers, and researchers to better understand the context in which students learn, and, in turn, can help improve education in our nation's classrooms.

  • NAEP Survey Questionnaires are administered as part of the NAEP assessment and collect contextual information about students' opportunities to learn in and out of the classroom.
  • Who Takes NAEP Survey Questionnaires?
  • Students. How often do you use the Internet for homework at home? A. Never B. About once a month C. About once a week D. Almost every day E. Every day.
  • Teachers. How many years have you worked as an elementary or secondary teacher? A. Less than 1 year B. 1-2 years C. 3-5 years D. 6-10 years. E. 11-20 years F. 21 or more years.
  • Principals. Does your school offer online mathematics courses for credit? A. Yes B. No.

Types of Questionnaires

As part of most NAEP assessments, three types of survey questionnaires are used to collect information:

  • Student questionnaires collect information on students' demographic characteristics, opportunities to learn in and outside of the classroom, and educational experiences. They are completed by students who participate in the assessment.
  • Teacher questionnaires gather information on teacher training and instructional practices (completed by the teachers responsible for the subjects being assessed).
  • School questionnaires gather information on school policies and characteristics (completed by the principal or assistant principal). To ensure that necessary accommodations are provided, schools also provide information about students with disabilities (SD) or English language learners (ELL).

Explore Survey Questionnaires

Survey questionnaires are available in PDF format from years 2003-2018.

Student Questionnaires
Student Questionnaires
(completed by students)
  Grade 4 Grade 8 Grade 12
Civics (2018)  753K 
Geography (2018)  730K 
U.S. History (2018)  757K 
Technology and Engineering Literacy (2018)  729K 
Mathematics (2018 Pilot)   1049K
Reading (2018 Pilot)   893K
Science (2018 Pilot) 981K 631K 992K
Mathematics (2017) 160K 176K 
Reading (2017) 145K 156K 
Writing (2017) 157K 191K 
Mathematics (2017 Pilot) 318K 363K 

Reading (2017 Pilot)



Civics (2017 Pilot)
Student Example (2017 Pilot)
Geography (2017 Pilot)  324K 
U.S. History (2017 Pilot)  328K 
Arts (2016)  191K 
General (2016 Pilot) 236K 238K 

Reading (2016 Pilot)
Student Example (2016 Pilot)



Mathematics (2016 Pilot) 215K 222K 
Writing (2016 Pilot)  223K 
Mathematics (2015) 353K 371K 280K
Reading (2015) 350K 366K 406K
Science (2015) 363K 523K 437K
Technology and Engineering Literacy (2014)  205K 
Civics (2014)  128K
Geography (2014)  132K
U.S. History (2014)  132K
Mathematics (2013) 261K 322K 328K
Reading (2013) 280K 301K 284K
Economics (2012)

Computer-Based Assessment in Mathematics (2011)  130K 
Computer-Based Assessment in Writing (2011)  130K 132K
Mathematics (2011) 94K 109K 
Reading (2011) 65K 92K 
Science (2011)  82K 
Civics (2010) 769K 577K 1.2M
Geography (2010) 572K 677K 106K
U.S. History (2010) 1.3M 1.3M 644K
Mathematics (2009) 88K 111K 127K
Reading (2009) 89K 99K 102K
Science (2009) 96K 100K 118K
Arts (2008)  509K 
Music (2008)  505K 
Mathematics (2007) 156K 106K 
Reading (2007) 171K 118K 
Writing (2007)  116K 126K
Civics (2006) 97K 112K 117K
Economics (2006)   144K
U.S. History (2006) 91K 116K 120K
Mathematics (2005) 69K 99K 108K
Reading (2005) 92K 98K 104K
Science (2005) 73K 83K 92K
Mathematics (2003) 87K 123K 129K
Reading (2003) 108K 80K 80K
Teacher Questionnaires
Teacher Questionnaires
(Completed by teachers at grades 4 and 8. NAEP does
not typically collect teacher information for grade 12.)
  Grade 4 Grade 8 Grade 12
Civics/Geography/U.S. History (2018)  240K 
Science Background, Education, and Training (2018 Pilot) 1361K 1364K 
Science Classroom Organization and Instruction (2018 Pilot) 1321K 1324K 
Reading/Mathematics/Writing (2017) 896K  
Mathematics (2017)  700K 
Reading/Writing (2017)  754K 
Mathematics (2017 Pilot) 361K 1105K 
Reading (2017 Pilot) 352K 1103K 
Civics/Geography/U.S. History (2017 Pilot)  368K 
Reading/Mathematics (2016 Pilot) 265K  
Mathematics (2016 Pilot)  214K 
Reading/Writing (2016 Pilot)  324K 
Reading/Mathematics/Science (2015) 323K  
Reading (2015)  238K 
Mathematics (2015)  234K 
Science (2015)  270K 
Civics/Geography/U.S. History (2014)  200K 
Reading/Mathematics (2013) 424K  
Reading (2013)  375K 
Mathematics (2013)  374K 
Economics—Department Head (2012)   777K
Writing (2011)  681K 
Science (2011)  934K 
Reading/Mathematics (2011) 1.2M  
Reading (2011)  754K 
Reading/Writing (2011)  841K 
Mathematics (2011)  798K 
Civics/Geography/U.S. History/Writing (2010) 873K  
Civics/Geography/U.S. History (2010)  788K 
Writing (2010)  741K 
Mathematics/Reading/Science (2009) 246K  
Mathematics (2009)   106K 
Reading (2009)  101K 
Science (2009)  117K 
Language Arts/Mathematics (2007) 384K  
Mathematics (2007)  320K 
Language Arts (2007)  121K 
Economics (2006)   116K
Economics Department Head (2006)   61K
Civics, U.S. History (2006) 200K 129K 
Mathematics (included with U.S. History/Civics at grade 4) (2006) 200K 135K 
Mathematics (2005) 243K 207K 
Reading (2005) 243K 187K 
Science (2005) 243K 172K 
Mathematics (2003) 133K 75K 
Reading (2003) 133K 67K 
School Questionnaires

School Questionnaires
(completed by the principal or assistant principal)
  Grade 4 Grade 8 Grade 12
Civics/Geography/U.S. History (2018)  1129K 
Technology and Engineering Literacy (2018)  1228K 
Mathematics (2018 Pilot)   1342K
Reading (2018 Pilot)   1328K
Science (2018 Pilot) 1322K 1324K 1333K
Characteristics and Policy (2018 Pilot) 1423K 1652K 1403K
Charter School (2018 Pilot) 1307K 1308K 1308K
Reading/Mathematics/Writing (2017) 785K 828K 
Mathematics (2017 Pilot) 419K 421K 
Reading (2017 Pilot) 426K 425K 
Civics/Geography/U.S. History (2017 Pilot)  274K 
Arts (2016)  239K 
Reading/Mathematics (2016 Pilot) 245K  
Reading/Mathematics/Writing (2016 Pilot)  285K 
Reading/Mathematics/Science (2015) 346K 347K 372K
Technology and Engineering Literacy (2014)  224K 
Civics/Geography/U.S. History (2014)
Reading/Mathematics (2013)
504K 507K 527K
Grade 12 (2012)
Includes School Characteristics & Policies, Economics, Supplemental Charter School
Writing (2011)  613K 708K
Reading/Mathematics (2011) 968K  
Reading/Mathematics/Science (2011)  1.3M 
Reading/Mathematics/Science/Writing (2011)  1.2M 
Civics/Geography/U.S. History/Writing  (2010) 894K 915K 955K
Mathematics, Reading, Science (2009) 224K 230K 246K
Arts (2008)  553K 
Mathematics, Reading, Writing (2007) 183K 187K 121K
Civics, Economics, U.S. History, Mathematics, Reading, Writing (2006) 211K 210K 194K
Math/Reading/Science (2005) 109K 116K 171K
Math/Reading (2003) 99K 99K 110K

Students with Disabilities/English Language Learners (SD/ELL) Questionnaires
Students with Disabilities/English Language Learners (SD/ELL) Questionnaires 
(completed by principal/assistant principal, special education teacher,
bilingual education/ESL teacher, classroom teacher)
ELL (2011) 502K
SD all subjects (2010) 111K
ELL all subjects (2010) 101K
SD all subjects (2009) 373K
ELL all subjects (2009) 370K
SD Arts (2008)  933K
SD Long-Term Trend (2008) 659K
ELL Arts (2008) 929K
ELL Long-Term Trend (2008) 688K
SD all subjects (2007) 709K
SD all subjects (2006) 68K
ELL all subjects (2007) 672K
ELL all subjects (2006) 69K
SD all subjects (2005) 76K
LEP all subjects (2005) 72K
All subjects (2003) 101K
National Indian Education Questionnaires
National Indian Education Study Questionnaires
  Grade 4 Grade 8
Student (2015)  73K 87K
Teacher (2015)  140K 149K
School (2015) 136K 140K
Long-Term Trend Student Questionnaires
Long-Term Trend Student Questionnaires
  Age 9 Age 13 Age 17
Mathematics (2012)  92K 95K 94K
Reading (2012)  94K 95K 93K
Mathematics (2008) 790K 830K 872K
Reading (2008) 815K 836K 853K
Mathematics/Reading (2004)   439K

Frequently Asked Questions

What are NAEP survey questionnaires?
What kinds of questions and topics do NAEP survey questionnaires include?
How does NAEP decide which questions to ask in the survey questionnaires?

NAEP survey questions are developed and reviewed by survey experts, education researchers, teachers, and statisticians to ensure that the information collected is relevant and valid in helping policymakers, researchers, educators, and the public understand student achievement results. Draft questions are tested first among small groups of student, teacher, and school administrator participants and then piloted in larger samples of participants before final selection. Questions are also carefully reviewed to avoid inclusion of unfair content.

How much time will students spend completing NAEP survey questionnaires?

Students are given 15 minutes to complete NAEP survey questionnaires.

Do students have to complete NAEP survey questionnaires?

Students do not have to complete NAEP survey questionnaires.

Can students skip questions that they do not want to answer?

Yes, students can skip questions they do not want to answer.

How will students’ responses on NAEP survey questionnaires be reported?

NAEP is not designed to report on individual student or school responses. After survey questionnaires have been completed, individual student responses are combined with other student responses by grade level (4, 8, and 12) and subject. Results are reported for the nation, states, and districts that participate in the Trial Urban District Assessment. Whenever feasible, NAEP reports also provide survey questionnaire results for specific student groups (e.g., by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, disability, and English language learner status).

How does NAEP ensure the privacy and anonymity of students, teachers, and school respondents?

All participants in the NAEP assessment are assigned a unique identification number to ensure that they cannot be linked to any personally identifiable information such as name or address.

How do students’, their teachers’, and school administrators’ responses to NAEP survey questionnaires contribute to improving education in the United States?

Knowing how students perform on NAEP assessments and exploring patterns, such as how different student groups perform over time, are important steps in measuring educational equity. NAEP survey questionnaires provide information to help better understand the context in which students learn, which aids in improving the educational system.

Why does NAEP ask students about their race and ethnicity?

NAEP asks students to provide information about race and ethnicity to better determine how well education is meeting the needs of all students and to fulfill reporting requirements of federal legislation.

Why does NAEP ask students questions about how far in school their parents went, whether their parents are working, and their home (e.g., ZIP code, who lives in the home, whether there is a computer or a dishwasher in the home)?

NAEP asks students to provide information about a variety of topics to better determine how well education is meeting the needs of all students. NAEP also asks students to provide information about socioeconomic status (SES) to fulfill reporting requirements of federal legislation. SES is made up of three main components: income/wealth, education, and occupation. NAEP does not directly ask about income but instead asks questions about possessions. These questions, when considered together, provide insight into a family’s wealth, which enables a better understanding of the relationship between economic advantage/disadvantage and student achievement.

Last updated 04 June 2018 (DS)