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NAEP Technical DocumentationNAEP 2014 Sample Design


Selection of Primary Sampling Units

2014 Public School Social Studies Assessment

2014 Private School Social Studies Assessment

2014 Public School TEL Assessment

2014 Private School TEL Assessment

School and Student Participation Results

The NAEP 2014 sample design consisted of a nationally representative sample of students for the following assessments:

  • social studies assessments in civics, geography, and U.S. history at grade 8; 
  • technology and engineering literacy (TEL) assessment at grade 8; and
  • a science pilot test at grades 4, 8, and 12.

This was accomplished by designing separate sample components for public and private schools. The selected samples were based on a three-stage sample design:

The samples of schools were selected with probability proportional to a measure of size based on the estimated enrollment in the schools at grades 4, 8, and 12.

The target population included all students in public and private schools, including Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS), who were enrolled in grades 4, 8, and 12, respectively, at the time of assessment.

The table below shows the target student sample sizes of assessed students for each sample.

Target student sample sizes for grade 8, by assessment subject and school type: 2014
School type Subject
Civics Geography U.S. History TEL
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Educational Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2014.
Public 7,200 7,200 9,000 18,000
Private 800 800 1,000 2,000

Last updated 14 April 2021 (SK)