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Target Population for the 2002 State Assessment


Fourth- and Eighth-Grade Public School Counts and Enrollments

The target population for the 2002 state assessment included students in public schools who were enrolled in the fourth or eighth grade. In addition to the participating states and the District of Columbia, separate jurisdictions of DDESS, DoDDS, American Samoa (grade 8 only), Guam, and the Virgin Islands were also included.

The total number of realized assessments as compared to the targeted assessments (summed over all jurisdictions) is given in the table below, as well as the estimated population size. The operational assessment targets only include jurisdictions that ultimately participated in the state assessment for the grade. The realized operational assessments include assessments in the Trial Urban District Assessment study.

Operational targets and counts, by grade, state assessment: 2002
Grade Estimated population size Operational assessment target sample size  Realized operational assessment sample size Ratio
4 3,763,000 289,000 308,000 1.07
8 3,610,000 293,000 255,000 0.87
NOTE: The ratios are of the unrounded totals and may not equal the ratios of the rounded totals.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2002.

The table below provides the combined operational assessment targets (i.e., both reading and writing) for each jurisdiction for the state assessment. The estimated population sizes by jurisdiction are given on the page Fourth- and Eighth-Grade Public School Counts and Enrollments. In most cases, the jurisdiction had a target of 6,300 for each grade unless the state had fewer students at that grade level (in which case every student at the grade level was included in the sample). Jurisdictions with too few students for the grade are indicated as such with targets less than 6,300 with no superscript. Jurisdictions were also given the sparse state option for a grade if their school sample size for the grade exceeded 120 (10 percent more than the target of 110), indicating a sample with many small schools (a considerable burden for the state's schools). Under this option, the school sample size was reduced by reducing the target from 6,300 to the lower number indicated in the table. These jurisdictions can be identified by having a target less than 6,300 and a superscript s.

Operational state assessment counts, by grade and jurisdiction: 2002
Jurisdiction Fourth-grade reading and writing assessment target Eighth-grade reading and writing assessment target
Alabama 6,300 6,300
Arizona 6,300 6,300
Arkansas 5,866s 6,300
California 6,300 6,300
Connecticut 6,300 6,300
Delaware 6,300 8,8801
Florida 6,300 6,300
Georgia 6,300 6,300
Hawaii 6,300 6,300
Idaho 5,570s 6,300
Illinois 6,001s 6,300
Indiana 6,300 6,300
Iowa 5,287s
Kansas 4,960s 5,862s
Kentucky 5,847s 6,300
Louisiana 6,300 6,300
Maine 4,744s 6,300
Maryland 6,300 6,300
Massachusetts 6,300 6,300
Michigan 6,036s 6,300
Minnesota 5,822s 5,892s
Mississippi 6,300 6,300
Missouri 5,795s 6,300
Montana 3,625s 5,327s
Nebraska 3,562s 5,213s
Nevada 6,300 6,300
New Mexico 5,925 6,300
New York 6,300 6,300
North Carolina 6,300 6,300
North Dakota 6,300 6,300
Ohio 6,300 6,300
Oklahoma 6,300 6,300
Oregon 5,716s 6,300
Pennsylvania 6,300 6,300
Rhode Island 6,300 6,300
South Carolina 6,300 6,300
Tennessee 6,300 6,300
Texas 6,300 6,300
Utah 6,300 6,300
Vermont 4,342s 6,300
Virginia 6,300 6,300
Washington 6,300 6,300
West Virginia 6,300 6,300
Wisconsin 5,632s 6,300
Wyoming 6,300 6,300
Other jurisdictions
American Samoa 1,166
District of Columbia 6,3111 3,864
DoDDS 6,8441 4,864
DDESS 3,161 1,802
Guam 2,683 2,479
Northern Marianas 788 94
Virgin Islands 1,637 1,698
† These jurisdictions did not participate in State NAEP for this grade.
s Jurisdiction exercised the sparse state option for this grade: target was accordingly reduced.
1 These jurisdictions had slightly more grade-eligible students than the target value of 6,300, so all grade-eligible students (in all schools) were included (this is done because sampling to exclude a small number of students is inefficient).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2002.

Last updated 24 October 2008 (DB)

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