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NAEP Technical DocumentationDistribution of Materials for the 2013 Assessment

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

Using spiraling, staff grouped subject-specific ancillary items into groups that were appropriately sized for distribution. Booklets and questionnaires were identified with a unique identification number through bar code technology. Test booklets were bundled for distribution.

Questionnaires, work sheets, and tracking forms were shipped approximately six weeks before testing began to assist the data collection administrators with their pre-assessment visits. 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 sessions and materials 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;
  • when 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 and grade: 2013
GradeSession typeNumber of sessions distributed
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2013 Assessment.
Grade 4Reading, Mathematics20,100
Mathematics - Puerto Rico200
Grade 8Reading, Mathematics14,400
Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL)300
Mathematics - Puerto Rico200
Grade 12Reading, Mathematics4,200
Mathematics (high school longitudinal study)300
Grade 9Mathematics NAEP/PISA200
Grade 10Mathematics NAEP/PISA200
Grade 11Mathematics NAEP/PISA200

Last updated 21 May 2017 (DC)