Two-Part Study Focuses on NAEP Scores and Educational Experiences of American Indian and Alaska Native Students
Nov. 01, 2010
The latest National Indian Education Study (NIES), a two-part study from the National Center for Education Statistics, is now available in ERIC. First conducted in 2005, and then again in 2007, the NIES addresses the educational achievement and experiences of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students.
NIES 2009 Part I presents the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading and mathematics achievement data for AI/AN students in grades 4 and 8. The study includes results for 12 states with relatively large populations of AI/AN students, in addition to the national results. The public schools are categorized according to the proportion of AI/AN students-"high density" is at least 25 percent or more AI/AN, while "low density" is less than 25 percent AI/AN. The report also shows results for schools administered by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE).
NIES 2009 Part II presents results from a survey conducted as part of the NAEP assessments to learn more about AI/AN students' educational experiences, including their cultural exposure, academic aspirations, school conditions and curriculum. AI/AN students, their teachers, and their school administrators participated in the survey. Overall, the level of knowledge and exposure to AI/AN language and culture students reported varied widely, in part based on the type of school they attended.
NAEP is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics at the Institute of Education Sciences. Individuals who wish to perform their own analyses on NIES data may visit http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/naepdata/.