In odd-numbered years, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assesses a state sample of students at grades four, eight and 12 in mathematics and reading, providing state-level results. This is called main NAEP, and these NAEP state results are published along with district results from statewide New England Common Assessment Program testing in mathematics and reading.
In even-numbered years, NAEP assesses a sample of students nationwide, holds question tryouts and conducts Long Term Trend (LTT) in mathematics and reading with students, ages seven, 13 and 17. It also tests students in grades four, eight and 12 in other content areas. See a detailed schedule.
2014 NAEP Assessment
In Maine, schools in the 2014 NAEP sample will be participating in the Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) Assessment at grade eight. TEL aims to measure whether students are able to apply technology and engineering skills to real-life situations. This assessment is computer-based and uses interactive scenario-based tasks to gauge what students know and are able to do.
If schools are in the sample, they have already been notified of their respective testing dates in February 2014.
- TEL Assessment Sample Task. In this sample task, students are asked to play the role of an engineer who is brought to a remote village to find out why the local water well has stopped working.