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NAEP Technical Documentation2016 Private School Arts Assessment 

      

Target Population

Sampling Frame

Stratification of Schools

Sampling of Schools

Substitute Schools

Ineligible Schools

Student Sample Selection

The NAEP 2016 sample design yielded nationally representative samples of private school students in grade 8 through a three-stage approach: selection of primary sampling units (PSUs), selection of schools within strata, and selection of students within schools. The sample of schools was selected with probability proportional to a measure of size based on the estimated grade enrollment in the schools.

The 2016 sampling plan was designed to assess 800 eighth-graders. These students were allocated among tests in music and visual arts. Target sample sizes were adjusted to reflect expected private school and student response and eligibility.

Schools on the sampling frame were explicitly stratified prior to sampling by private school affiliation (Catholic, non-Catholic, and unaffiliated). Within affiliation type, schools were implicitly stratified by PSU type (certainty/noncertainty). In certainty PSUs, further stratification was by census region, urbanization classification, and estimated grade enrollment. In noncertainty PSUs, the further stratification was by PSU stratum, urbanization classification, and estimated grade enrollment.

From the stratified frame of private schools, systematic random samples of eighth-grade schools were drawn with probability proportional to a measure of size based on the estimated grade enrollment of the school in the relevant grade.  

Each selected school in the private school sample provided a list of eligible enrolled students from which a systematic, equal probability sample of students was drawn.


Last updated 28 January 2022 (SK)