What makes NAEP different? NAEPâ€™s unique assessment allows each state and each participating urban district to be compared to national results and to evaluate progress over time. Samples of students in all states take NAEP and are measured in the same way, providing a common measure of achievement across the states based on NAEP frameworks. NAEP reports can include data by gender, socio-status, and race/ ethnicity. Although there are no results for individual students, classrooms, or schools, one Indiana school participated in the NAEP-Sample book assessment in 2013, which allowed the school to compare their student performance data with national student performance data.
NAEP Accommodations NAEP assessment accommodations are provided for students with disabilities and English language learners who cannot fairly and accurately demonstrate their abilities under normal administration procedures. In Indiana, only students who take the ISTAR assessment are allowed to be exempt from participation in the NAEP assessment. The most frequent accommodations used in NAEP are: Extended time > small group > reading questions aloud > breaks during assessment. However, even with accommodations, there are still some students who cannot participate in NAEP. The percentage of students that are excluded from NAEP varies by state and by district. These variations should be considered when comparing student performance among states and across the nation.
State Comparisons and Profiles After the assessment is completed, the results are posted on the Institute of Education Sciences website (IES). This is public information that allows users to sort and compare state results. Select groups of students can be chosen to compare performance between two assessment years or to discover trends over several years. There is also a state profile tool that allows users to explore key data about a stateâ€™s performance on NAEP. NAEP is conducted in partnership with states and provides funding for a full-time NAEP State Coordinator (NSC) in each state. It is the job of the NSC to be fully trained in how to read and interpret the NAEP results by using this tool. He or she also serves as the liaison for NAEP, the state education agency, and the schools selected to participate.
Structure of NAEP U.S. Department of Education
National Assessment Governing Board
Institute of Educational Sciences National Center for Education Statistics National Assessment of Educational Progress
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