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NAEP Technical DocumentationProcessing Schedule and Overall Counts for the 2014 Assessment


2014 Student Participation and Session Information

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) conducted the 2014 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) with staff from several organizations under the umbrella of the NAEP Alliance. Item development, sample design, materials processing, data analysis, and program staff are responsible for: 

  • alliance coordination, item development, and design, analysis, and reporting;
  • sampling and data collection as well as the NAEP State Service Center;
  • web technology, design, operation, and maintenance;
  • maintenance of a master schedule and earned value reporting; and
  • materials preparation, distribution, processing, and scoring.

The NAEP 2014 assessment was comprised of the following student assessments:

  • Civics, U.S. history, and geography assessments at grade 8;
  • Science pilot assessments at grades 4, 8, 12 for 2015; and
  • TEL (Technology and Engineering Literacy) computer-based assessment at grade 8.

Materials processing and scoring staff were responsible for the following tasks in the NAEP 2014 assessment:

  • printing test booklets;
  • packaging and distributing materials;
  • receipt control;
  • data capture through image and optical mark recognition scanning;
  • data editing and validation;
  • upload of open-ended responses into NAEP's electronic scoring system, including scanned images from paper booklets, and text and image files from computer-based items;
  • creation of training sets for new items;
  • training and performance scoring of constructed-response items;
  • quality control;
  • data file creation; and
  • inventory control and materials storage. 

For NAEP 2014, 113 types of scannable student booklets were designed and printed, along with the non-scannable large-print student booklets. 

The assessment school questionnaires and teacher questionnaires were offered online at This site was available January 3 through March 24, 2014, and 3,200 questionnaires were entered online. (There were 105,000 completed questionnaires.) 

There were 54,200 students assessed in 2014.

Scoring of NAEP 2014 occurred at one scoring site, Mesa, AZ, for civics, U.S. history, geography, and TEL and the science pilot. As in past cycles, project and content specialists were on site to monitor scoring. There was daily communication between staff at the scoring site and project staff in the District of Columbia; Iowa City, IA; and Princeton, NJ. Reports were available to a variety of staff from NCES, the NAEP program, and organizations within the Alliance. Reports included the Trend Reliability and Mean Comparison (TRMC) Report, which highlighted items that were in need of more discussion, and the Completion Report, which showed detailed scoring information for each item, as well as cumulative current and historical monitoring statistics for both trend and non-trend items. More than 709,000 responses were scored from 328 items. NAEP 2014 was scored during the following periods:

  • Civics, U.S. history, geography, and TEL: March 24 - April 16; and
  • Science pilot: March 24 - April 4.

Last updated 13 May 2021 (SK)