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Improving the Measurement of Socioeconomic Status

NAEP results inform educators, policymakers, and the general public about the performance of students. Reports include overall results as well as scores for student subgroups that are of interest to the target audiences, such as gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status (SES).

To improve the measurement and reporting of SES and its relationship to academic achievement in the context of NAEP, NCES convened a panel of experts to provide recommendations concerning SES as a construct, with the understanding that their recommendations might ultimately lead to a new measure of SES that could be used for NAEP.

Read the panel's paper, Improving the Measurement of Socioeconomic Status for the National Assessment of Educational Progress: A Theoretical Foundation.PDF File (315KB)

Last updated 17 April 2013 (AA)