In the spring of 2011, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessed both a nationally representative and state sample of students in mathematics and reading at grades 4 and 8, and in science at grade 8. A nationally representative sample of students at grades 8 and 12 were assessed in writing via computer. Special studies were conducted at grades 4 and 8 in Knowledge and Skills Appropriate (KaSA) mathematics, and a Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) / NAEP Linking Study at grade 8. A pilot test for economics via traditional paper and pencil was assessed at grade 12.
Materials staff was responsible for the following tasks:
For the assessment, NAEP staff designed 553 student booklet types, 22 questionnaires, 10 worksheets, and 10 tracking forms. There were almost 2.8 million forms printed, resulting in approximately 1 million student documents and more than 500,000 questionnaires and worksheets scanned. Most questionnaires were offered either in traditional paper form or online at www.naepq.com. The site was available from January 3 through March 18, 2011.
Scoring of the 2011 NAEP Assessment occurred at four sites:
As in past cycles, project and content specialists were on-site to monitor scoring. There was daily communication between the scoring sites and project staff in the District of Columbia; Iowa City, Iowa; and Princeton, New Jersey. Reports included the Trend Reliability and Mean Comparison (TRMC) Report and the Completion Report. The TRMC had a macro applied to highlight items that were in need of more discussion. More than 8.7 million responses were scored from March through August.