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NAEP Technical DocumentationDistribution of Materials for the 2015 Assessment

The NAEP materials distribution staff ordered, packaged, and distributed session and bulk materials to data collection administrators.

Booklets and questionnaires were identified with a unique identification number through bar code technology. Test booklets were bundled for distribution based on the spiraling design provided by the NAEP test developers. Each spiral was based on the subjects and sample size needed for the 2015 assessment. A 2-digit alpha character and 2-digit numeric grade was given to each of the spiral/session types in each grade, i.e. RM04, RS04, NL04, RE04, and PR04 will be used in grade 4. These session IDs are located on the outside of each session box and packing lists. This assists the administrator in identifying what materials are located in the session box.

Using the spiraling design, staff grouped subject-specific ancillary items into bundles that were appropriately sized for distribution.

The session and bulk materials were shipped three weeks before administration to allow for the data collection staff to review the materials and order additional materials if needed.

Additional student booklets and accommodation booklets were ordered via the data collection's electronic pre-assessment system. A daily file was sent to the materials distribution staff. Miscellaneous bulk materials such as subject ancillaries, calculators, and timers, were requested via the materials distribution staff's additional orders online system. The materials distribution staff's online materials tracking system provided NAEP data collection staff with

  • the date that materials were shipped,
  • tracking numbers assigned to their shipments,
  • the date to expect their shipments, and
  • a place to record the date the materials arrived.

The online materials tracking system was also used to record when the materials were sent back and when they arrived at the materials distribution contractor's processing center.

Number of sessions distributed, by session type(subjects) and grade: 2015
GradeSession type (subjects)Number of sessions distributed
4RM04 (reading, mathematics, science)3,400 Sessions
RS04 (reading, mathematics, science)13,800 Sessions
NL04 (reading, mathematics, science, KaSa mathematics)4,400 Sessions
RE04 (reading)60 Sessions
PR04 (Puerto Rico mathematics)250 Sessions
8RM08 (reading, mathematics, science)2,800 Sessions
RS08 (reading, mathematics, science)10,800 Sessions
NL08 (reading, mathematics, science, KaSa mathematics)4,000 Sessions
(Puerto Rico mathematics)250 Sessions
12 NL12 (reading, mathematics, science)2,700 Sessions
NOTE: KaSa mathematics refers to special sections of mathematics questions administered in Puerto Rico and the nation that more precisely and reliably measured the full range of mathematical abilities.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2015 Assessments.

Last updated 01 November 2021 (ML)