ERIC Number: ED401341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The NAEP Guide: A Description of the Content and Methods of the 1994 and 1996 Assessments. Revised Edition.
This guide to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) describes its purpose, contents, uses, and research methodology by presenting 21 questions about the NAEP program. The NAEP is mandated by Congress to survey the educational accomplishments of U.S. students and to monitor changes in these accomplishments. It tracks the educational achievement of 4th, 8th, and 12th grade students over time in selected content areas. Although the Commissioner of Education Statistics is responsible for NAEP operations and technical quality control, the program is governed by the National Assessment Governing Board. The assessment is implemented by the Educational Testing Service. The national main assessments in 1994 measured achievement in reading, history, and geography; in 1996, the main assessments covered mathematics and science. In both years there were smaller special assessments. Long-term assessments are also conducted to measure trends in academic achievement. In 1996, approximately 12,000 schools provided nearly 480,000 students for all components of the national and associated state samples. Samples are chosen using a multistage design involving stratification. Details about sampling and analysis are provided. Scoring and reporting are also discussed. Eight sources are listed for further reading. (Contains 6 tables and 25 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Geography, Grade 12, Grade 4, Grade 8, High School Students, History, Mathematics, National Surveys, Reading, Research Methodology, Research Reports, Sampling, Sciences, Scoring, Surveys, Test Construction, Test Content, Test Use
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress