Areas of Expertise
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history. It serves as a common metric for all states and selected urban districts and as a result, permits NAEP to provide a clear picture of student academic progress over time. AIR’s experts provide support for all aspects of the survey, including:
- assessment development;
- providing a quality review on data files;
- producing data products and reports;
- providing training staff;
- developing informational materials; and
- providing quick turnaround analysis upon request.
The reading and mathematics measures of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) have been, and continue to be, reported on scales that appear to have the properties of “cross-grade” scales. The conclusion of this essay will be that evidence can and should be assembled to support, and make more precise, certain interpretations, while others interpretations should be discouraged.
This study compares the measurement of mathematics and reading trends by two separate National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) statistical series.
The complex analysis compares the various, independently set student proficiency standards set by states with those of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as the “nation’s report card.” The results offer a way to assess the relative rigor of the adequate yearly progress (AYP) standards set by states under NCLB. This study, using 2005 and 2007 math and reading assessments for grades 4 and 8, was conducted by AIR for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
AIR’s NAEP Education Statistics Services Institute provides technical assistance, research and development support, and project management services to NCES on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).