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Archive New York NAEP News - NAEP 2015

Who will take NAEP?

In New York State, 557 schools have been selected by the United States Department of Education (USDOE) to participate in the 2015 administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Of these schools, 273 are in New York City. The New York State Education Department notified schools around the state (excluding New York City public schools) during late August 2014 informing them what grades and subjects will be assessed. New York City public schools selected for NAEP were contacted by the New York City Department of Education in mid-September. In early December, a sample of students from each selected school was chosen by the USDOE to participate in the designated NAEP assessment.

What subjects will NAEP assess?

In In 2015, NAEP assessments will be administered in mathematics, reading, and science at Grades 4, 8, and 12. As NAEP moves to a technology-based platform, some students will participate in pilot technology-based assessments in mathematics, reading, and science which will be conducted on computer tablets provided by NAEP representatives.

In addition to the NAEP assessments listed above, other selected schools will participate in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). TIMSS provides information in Grades 4 and 8 mathematics and science and involves students and schools from more than fifty countries. In addition, TIMSS will also assess mathematics and physics at Grade 12. Known as TIMSS Advanced, this Grade 12 assessment will allow educators to see how many high school students are excelling at highly specialized science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content in a global context. TIMSS Advanced involves students and schools from more than eleven countries.

In 2015, NAEP and TIMSS will both be administered. This makes possible a NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study at grade 8. This study provides states with the opportunity to receive a projected international benchmark to over 50 countries in mathematics and science.

Results from the NAEP assessments in mathematics and reading will be available in late 2015. Results from the pilot technology-based assessments will not be released but will be used to inform future NAEP assessments. Results from the TIMSS assessments are used by researchers and policymakers to chart national progress against international standards, informing national discussions about international competitiveness.

When will NAEP be administered?

NAEP will be administered in selected schools, country-wide, between January 26 and March 6, 2015. TIMSS will be administered in selected schools, country-wide, between March 30 and May 29, 2015.

Where can you find additional information?

Information on NAEP is available at: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard. Information about TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced can be found at: http://nces.ed.gov/timss/. Additional questions may be addressed to Carolyn Trombe, New York State NAEP Coordinator, at EMSCNAEP@nysed.gov.

Measuring Student Progress for over 40 Years

NAEP began in 1964 with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation to set up the Exploratory Committee for the Assessment of Progress in Education. The first national assessments were conducted in 1969. Voluntary assessments for states began in 1990 on a trial basis, and in 2002 and 2003 selected urban districts participated in the assessment on a trial basis. In 2003, the first NCLB-mandated NAEP assessments in reading and mathematics were administered.

Last Updated: April 19, 2016