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Training and Conferences

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Training and conferences are held throughout the year to learn more about the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), its database, analysis methods, item development, administration, data quality, and more. Training includes workshops, PhD internships, postdoctorate appointments, and cooperative agreements. NAEP staff and other researchers present papers on issues related to large-scale assessments, as well as training on aspects of NAEP.

Training Opportunities

Watch this space for upcoming training courses aimed at faculty, advanced graduate students, education researchers, policy analysts, and other professionals with strong statistical skills. Upcoming training initiatives for 2018 will include the following:

  • Training workshops,
  • PhD internships,
  • Postdoctorate appointments, and
  • Cooperative agreements.

Training Workshops

These workshops will address topics such as availability of NAEP and other National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data, proper use of data, design, operational matters related to test administration, analysis and reporting methods, stakeholders and current research, and priority areas for further research and development. Training for 2018 will take place June 18-20 in Washington, DC. For more information and to apply for the training, see

PhD Internships

Internships will provide diverse groups of doctoral students with opportunities to conduct short, focused secondary analysis studies under the guidance of experienced staff. Internships will span 8-9 weeks. Information about the application process is forthcoming.

Postdoctorate Appointments

Two postdoctorate appointments will be awarded a 6-month grant to carry out an extended research or product development project. Stay tuned for information about the grant submission process.

Cooperative Agreements

Cooperative agreements will support 3-5 individuals or teams to conduct studies focused on NAEP operations, in particular item development, test administration, and analysis methods. The studies will be carried out through a cooperative agreement with NCES to allow substantial collaboration with NCES and key vendors. Details and information forthcoming.

Last updated 29 May 2018 (MS)