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NAEP Technical DocumentationSchool Questionnaire

The school questionnaire provides supplemental information about school factors that may influence students' achievement. It is given to the principal or another official of each school that participated in the current NAEP assessment. While schools' completion of the questionnaire is voluntary, NAEP encourages schools' participation since it makes the NAEP assessment more accurate and complete. School questionnaires can be completed in a paper booklet or online through a secure website.

The school questionnaire is organized into different parts. The first part tends to cover background and characteristics of the school, including the length of the school day and year, school enrollment, absenteeism, dropout rates, and the size and composition of the teaching staff. Subsequent parts of the school questionnaire tend to cover tracking policies, curricula, testing practices, special priorities, and schoolwide programs and problems. The questionnaire also collects information about the availability of resources, policies for parental involvement, special services, and community services.

The supplemental charter school questionnaire designed to collect information on charter school policies and characteristics is provided to administrators of charter school students who are sampled to participate in NAEP. The supplement covers organization and school governance, parental involvement, and curriculum and offerings. Charter school questionnaires can be completed in a paper booklet or online through a secure website.

The content and format of school questionnaires differ slightly from year to year and depend on what grade levels and subject areas are being assessed. The table below includes links to school questionnaires administered between 2000 and 2012. For more information on how items are developed for the teacher questionnaire and how the resulting data are used and analyzed, see NAEP Questionnaires for Students, Teachers, and Schools.

Links to NAEP school questionnaires (in PDF format), by grade: various years, 2000–2013
Assessment yearGrade 4Grade 8Grade 12
2013 492K 508K 527K
2012 315K
2011 968K 1148K 708K
2010 894K 915K 959K
2009 224K 230K 246K
2008 553K
2007 183K 187K 121K
2006 211K 210K 194K
2005 109K 114K 171K
2003 84K 84K 93K
2001 71K 70K 99K
2000 108K 116K 115K
† Not applicable. Assessment not given at all grades.
‡ Not available in electronic format.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2000-2013 Assessments.

Last updated 21 May 2017 (DC)