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The 2011 National Indian Education Study (NIES) presents the performance results of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students at grades 4 and 8 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in reading and mathematics. The NIES study was also conducted in 2005, 2007, and 2009 and the results for 2011 are compared to results from those assessments. The Technical Review Panel, whose members included American Indian and Alaska Native educators and researchers from across the country, was assembled to advise the study.

A nationally representative sample of 5,500 AI/AN fourth-graders and 4,100 AI/AN eighth-graders participated in the 2011 NAEP reading assessment nationwide. About 5,400 AI/AN fourth-graders and 4,200 AI/AN eighth-graders participated in the 2011 NAEP mathematics assessment. The national results reflect the performance of students enrolled in public, Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), Department of Defense, and private schools. View the 2011 NIES national, state, and regional participation tables.  

 In addition to the national sample, the NIES focused on 12 states with relatively large populations of AI/AN students: Alaska, Arizona, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, and Washington. The combined AI/AN student enrollment in these states represents more than 50 percent of the AI/AN enrollment in the nation.

NIES state-level data include results from AI/AN students who attended public and BIE schools. The national results used for comparison to these state results also reflect the performance of public and BIE school students only.

Results for AI/AN students are presented for five NIES-defined regions of the country: Atlantic, North Central, South Central, Mountain, and Pacific. These regions, which differ from those used in other NAEP reports, are based on U.S. Census divisions and are configured to align with the overall distribution of the AI/AN student population. The regional results are based on samples from students enrolled in all types of schools (public, private, BIE, and Department of Defense) and reflect the combined samples from all of the states within each region.

Map of regions for the National Indian Education Study: 2011

Map of United States with NIES regions outlined. NIES regions are Atlantic, North Central, South Central, Mountain, and Pacific. Atlantic includes ME, NH, VT, NY, PA, MA, RI, CT, NJ, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV, NC, SC, GA, FL. North Central includes OH, IN, MI, IL, IA, WI, MN, ND, SD, NE, KS, MO. South Central includes TX, OK, AR, LA, MS, AL, TN, KY. Mountain includes MT, ID, WY, NV, UT, AZ, CO, NM. Pacific includes AK, WA, OR, CA, HI.  Selected states are Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Arizona, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and North Carolina.

NOTE: Regions referenced in this figure were defined by NAEP exclusively for the National Indian Education Study.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2011 National Indian Education Study.

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Last updated 06 June 2012 (FW)