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Nov 15 -- The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Department of Education (ED), invites comments by January 17, 2023 regarding the 2024 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), is a federally authorized survey of student achievement at grades 4, 8, and 12 in various subject areas, such as mathematics, reading, writing, science, U.S. history, civics, geography, economics, technology and engineering literacy (TEL), and the arts. The National Assessment of Educational Progress Authorization Act (Pub. L. 107-279 title III, section 303) requires the assessment to collect data on specified student groups and characteristics, including information organized by race/ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, disability, and limited English proficiency. It requires fair and accurate presentation of achievement data and permits the collection of background, noncognitive, or descriptive information that is related to academic achievement and aids in fair reporting of results. The intent of the law is to provide representative sample data on student achievement for the nation, the states, and subpopulations of students and to monitor progress over time.

NAEP consists of two assessment programs: the NAEP long-term trend (LTT) assessment and the main NAEP assessment. The LTT assessments are given at the national level only and are administered to students at ages 9, 13, and 17 in a manner that is very different from that used for the main NAEP assessments. LTT reports mathematics and reading results that present trend data since the 1970s. In addition to the operational assessments, NAEP uses two other kinds of assessment activities: pilot assessments and special studies. Pilot assessments test items and procedures for future administrations of NAEP, while special studies (including the National Indian Education Study (NIES), the Middle School Transcript Study (MSTS), and the High School Transcript Study (HSTS)) are opportunities for NAEP to investigate particular aspects of the assessment without impacting the reporting of the NAEP results.

This request is to conduct NAEP in 2024, specifically: (1) Main NAEP operational assessments in 2024 for grade 4 (reading and mathematics), 8 (reading, mathematics and science), and 12 (reading and mathematics). In Puerto Rico, grades 4 and 8 mathematics will be the only subject assessed; (2) Pilot testing for new frameworks in mathematics (mainland U.S. and Puerto Rico) and reading for grades 4 and 8; (3) Middle School Transcript Study (MSTS); (4) High School Transcript Study (HSTS); and (5) National Indian Education Study (NIES) for grades 4 and 8.

Three additional 30-day packages will be submitted in February, April, and August 2023 in order to update all materials in time for the data collection in early 2024.
 
NAEP: https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/  
Draft data collection instruments and technical documentation: https://www.regulations.gov/search?filter=ED-2022-SCC-0141
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-24796

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