The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2006 includes the
following assessment components:
national U.S. History, civics and economics assessments;
a few pilot assessments (reading, mathematics and writing); and
one special study (Grade 12 Student Participation and Engagement).
Subject Grade(s) Testing Window
U.S. History 4, 8, and 12 January 30 – March 10, 2006
Civics 4, 8, and 12 January 30 – March 10, 2006
Economics 12 January 30 – March 10, 2006
Pilot Grade(s) Testing Window
Reading 4 and 8 January 30 – March 10, 2006
Mathematics 4 and 8 January 30 – March 10, 2006
Writing 8 and 12 January 30 – March 10, 2006
Student Participation and Engagement (P & E) Study in grade 12
This special study is being conducted at the request of the National Assessment
Governing Board (NAGB) to help determine if seniors are more likely to
participate in NAEP and be motivated to do well, if it is conducted in the fall
rather than the spring. The study will be conducted in a separate sample of
schools than the national and pilot assessments.
There are two assessment windows for the special study. Half of the schools in
the sample will be assessed in the fall during the fall testing window (October 10
– November 18, 2005) and half of the schools will be assessed during the regular
testing window (January 30 – March 10, 2006).
NAEP Grade 12 P & E Study Postponed: Due to the far-reaching effects of
Hurricane Katrina, the National Assessment governing Board (NAGB) has
decided to postpone the Grade 12 Participation and Engagement Study
until fall 2006 and winter 2007.
The national assessments will assess what students know and can do in U.S.
History, civics and economics using multiple-choice, short- and extended-
constructed response questions.
In a small number of schools, there will be pilot tests (reading, mathematics and
writing) to pilot items and procedures that NAEP is planning to use in future
Civics, economics and the pilot assessments will be spiraled together and
administered during the same session; however, U.S. History will be
administered in a separate session since it requires a different format of time
than the other assessments.
A NAEP contractor (Westat, Inc.) selects schools to be included in the sample
from the Common Core of Data (CCD) using a multi-stage, stratified-random-
Each student selected for participation will take only one assessment. The
assessment will require approximately 90 minutes (including instructions,
distribution and collection of materials). NAEP field staff will administer the
assessment on the scheduled assessment date and keep track of all assessment