Optimizing State NAEP: Issues and Possible Improvements
This paper addresses three key topics related to making state NAEP more efficient: reducing the burden for the states, stabilizing the assessment schedule, and facilitating and promoting the use of state NAEP data. The author recommends promoting the use of state NAEP data for the continued success of the NAEP program. She suggests that this could involve devoting greater attention to how best to link state assessment and NAEP results, developing more timely and user-friendly reports and working with states and other organizations to more effectively address the data needs of different NAEP audiences. Dr. Mullis also proposes expending proportionately less of the state NAEP resources on data collection and more on disseminating information about the many uses of the program.