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NAEP Update: August 2012 Notes

August 2012 edition of the National Assessment of Educational Progress update.
NAEP 2013 Overview

In California, approximately 220 school districts and 740 schools are participating in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) during the 2012–13 school year (i.e., NAEP 2013). The NAEP 2013 assessment window is January 28–March 8, 2013. Participating schools have been assigned a specific test date within this window, and the assessments will take approximately 90 minutes for students to complete.

NAEP 2013 will include assessments in reading and mathematics at grades four, eight, and twelve. Results will be reported at the state and national levels for grades four and eight and at the national level only for grade twelve. Additionally, school districts that are part of the NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) program will receive district-level results for grades four and eight.

NAEP 2013 will also include a computer-based pilot test in technology and engineering literacy at grade eight as well as several special studies, most of which will be spiraled into the operational assessments.

The list of school districts with schools selected for NAEP 2013 is available on the California Department of Education (CDE) NAEP Web page.

Preparing for NAEP 2013

This month, the CDE will mail NAEP district coordinators instructions for preparing for NAEP 2013, as well as an instruction packet for distribution to the principal of each selected school within the district. A copy of the Preparing for NAEP 2013 information packet will be enclosed for both the district coordinator and each selected school. This packet is also available on the CDE NAEP Web page. The packet includes, among other things, an overview of NAEP 2013, parent and guardian notification templates, and coordinator checklists. NAEP district and school coordinators are encouraged to use the coordinator checklists in this packet to track their NAEP-related responsibilities.

This fall, the principal of each high school selected for NAEP 2013 will receive a NAEP Best Practices guide, which contains tips for improving the participation and motivation of grade twelve students. The principal should provide the NAEP school coordinator with this guide upon receipt.

Student List Preparation and Submission

Beginning October 1, 2012, schools will be able to submit their NAEP student lists via the NAEP MySchool/MyNAEP Web site External link opens in new window or tab. . NAEP district coordinators may submit this list on behalf of their selected school(s). The deadline for student list submission is October 26, 2012.

IMPORTANT: The student list must include all students in the sampled grade and must be prepared using the template and codes provided on the NAEP MySchool/MyNAEP Web site External link opens in new window or tab.. Schools are encouraged to submit their lists as early as possible to provide the CDE time to review them for completion and to request corrections if needed.

Designating a NAEP School Coordinator

Principals of selected schools should designate a NAEP school coordinator by September 7, 2012 and provide the CDE instruction packet to the coordinator. In designating a school coordinator, principals should select a school staff member who will be available to meet with a NAEP field representative during a school day prior to the assessment to make final arrangements for the assessment, as well as on the day of the assessment to assist NAEP field representatives as needed. Staff members who have fixed classroom schedules should not be designated as the school coordinator.

Registration and Submission of School Information

By September 28, 2012, all NAEP school coordinators should register for NAEP 2013 and provide their school information via the MySchool/MyNAEP Web site External link opens in new window or tab. . NAEP district coordinators should also register online to ensure that each participating school in their district has registered and provided their school information.

Once registered, users will be able to access the “Provide School Information” Web page on the MySchool/MyNAEP Web site to designate a school coordinator and submit the required school information. Instructions for registering and providing school information will be included in the district and school packets being mailed to NAEP district coordinators this month.

More Information

Additional information about the NAEP is available on the CDE NAEP Web page and on the U.S. Department of Education NAEP Web page External link opens in new window or tab. . Questions about NAEP should be directed to Julie Williams, NAEP State Coordinator, CDE, by phone at 916-319-0408 or by e-mail at

Questions:   Julie Williams | | 916-319-0408
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