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NAEP Technical DocumentationCivics Assessment IRT Parameters

The table links provided below contain Item Response Theory (IRT) parameters for NAEP civics items that were scaled, as well as the block in which each item appeared for each grade (shown in the Block column) and the position of each item within its block (shown in the Item column). Note that these item parameters are provided in the metrics used for the original calibration of the scales.

Links to item response theory (IRT) parameters, civics national assessments, by year and grade: Various years, 20062018
YearGrade 4Grade 8Grade 12
2018 R3
2014 R3
2010 R3 R3 R3
2006 R3 R3 R3
— Not available. In 2014 and 2018, grades 4 and 12 were not assessed.
NOTE: R3 is the accommodated reporting sample. If sampled students are classified as students with disabilities (SD) or English learners (EL), and school officials, using NAEP guidelines, determine that they can meaningfully participate in the NAEP assessment with accommodation, those students are included in the NAEP assessment with accommodation along with other sampled students including SD/EL students who do not need accommodations. The R3 sample is more inclusive than the R2 sample type and excludes a smaller proportion of sampled students. The R3 sample is the only reporting sample used in NAEP after 2001. The block naming conventions used in the 2018 civics assessment are described in the document 2018 Block Naming Conventions in Data Products and TDW.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), various years, 20062018 Civics Assessments.

Last updated 02 November 2022 (SK)