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NAEP Technical DocumentationSD/ELL Questionnaire

To ensure a fully representative sample of students across the nation, NAEP makes testing accommodations available to students with disabilities (SD) and English language learners (ELL). The term "English language learner" has been used in NAEP beginning with the 2005 reports. The term "limited English proficient" (LEP) was used before 2005, and was used on all SD/LEP questionnaires administered to schools up to and including 2005. Collecting additional information about SD and ELL students provides educational policymakers with a broader understanding of their special needs in school curricula. The SD/ELL questionnaire is completed for each student who is selected to participate in the assessment and

  • is classified as a student with a disability,
  • is categorized as an English language learner or as being limited in his or her English proficiency.

NAEP policy states that if any doubt exists about a student's ability to participate, the student should be included in the assessment. Beginning with the 1996 assessments, NAEP has allowed more accommodations for both categories of students. To learn more about the history of and current policy on the inclusion of SD and ELL students, see NAEP Inclusion Policy.

The SD/ELL questionnaires, which are completed by a school representative who knows the student, ask about the student's SD/ELL classification, the kinds of support and resources provided by the school to the student, and what accommodations would allow the student to participate in NAEP or other standardized tests. The questionnaire is completed for each SD or ELL student in the sample, whether or not that student is included in the assessment. The table below includes links to SD/LEP, SD, and ELL questionnaires administered between 2001 and 2012.

Links to NAEP SD/LEP, SD, and ELL questionnaires (in PDF format): various years, 2001–2013
Assessment yearSD/LEP questionnaireSD questionnaireELL questionnaire
2013 553K 511K
2012 488K 462K
2012 Long-term trend (grade 12) 526K 502K
2011 532K 502K
2010 111K 101K
2009 250K 370K
2008 933K 929K
2007 709K 672K
2006 668K 669K
2005 81K 77K
2003 101K
2002 67K
2001 84K
† Not applicable.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), various years, 2001-2013 Assessments.

Last updated 21 May 2017 (DC)