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CFDA Number: 84.902
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Also Known As: NAEP

Program Description

NAEP, also known as The Nation's Report Card, is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Since 1969, assessments have been conducted periodically in reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and the arts. The NAEP budget supports the following program components:

  • National NAEP—National NAEP reports information for the nation and specific geographic regions of the country, includes students drawn from both public and nonpublic schools, and reports results for student achievement in grades 4, 8, and 12;
  • State NAEP—These assessments provide reliable state-level student achievement data in reading, mathematics, science, and writing;
  • NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment—Federal appropriations authorized for the No Child Left Behind Act supported a multiyear study of the feasibility of a Trial Urban District Assessment of Educational Progress, with the first assessment occurring in reading and writing in 2002 for five urban districts, and 2003 reading and mathematics assessment results available for 10 such districts; and
  • Long-Term Trend—NAEP long-term trend assessments, designed to give information on the changes in the basic achievement of America's youths, are administered nationally and report student performance at ages 9, 13, and 17 in reading and mathematics.

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Types of Projects

For the 2007 NAEP Secondary Analysis competition, applicants may propose analyses under one of two IES research goals:

  • Goal One—Identify existing programs, practices, and policies that may have an impact on student outcomes and the factors that may mediate or moderate the effects of these programs, practices, and policies; and
  • Goal Five—Under this goal, the institute intends to improve the usefulness of NAEP data. Applicants under Goal Five may propose projects to develop tools or procedures that will assist other users of the NAEP data to analyze, interpret, and report NAEP data more easily and accurately or may propose projects to develop methodological or analytic procedures that will improve precision in the estimation and reporting of NAEP results.

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Last Modified: 04/25/2014