NAEP 2013 in Idaho

NAEP 2013: 314 Idaho Schools were selected for NAEP 2013

In Idaho, 124 schools with grade 4 (including five charter schools), 99 schools with grade 8 (including nine charter schools and two alternative schools), and 90 schools with grade 12 (including three charter schools and twelve alternative high schools) were be tested in the regular winter NAEP window (January 28 through March 8, 2013). In all, 20,000 Idaho students participated in NAEP during the 2013 administration window.


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button Westat Selects Schools and Students for NAEP, and Does the Testing

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, pays for and administers NAEP. 

Westat is the NCES contractor for NAEP 2013 charged with selecting the schools and students who will be tested. No Idaho educator or politician participates in the selection process, not in the selection of schools and not in the selection of individual students.

Westat also sends a team of trained proctors to visit each school on its scheduled test day to administer the test. If fewer than 90 percent of the sampled students in a school take the test, Westat schedules a make-up test for the school. When testing is finished, Westat removes everything in or on the testing materials that could identify a student. Materials are then forwarded to other NCES contractors for scoring (Pearson) and for data analysis and reporting (Educational Testing Service).


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Word Icon Idaho Sample Parent Notification Letter 2013
Word Icon Sample Parent Notification Letter Spanish

NAEP School Coordinators (NSC) must notify parents of students who were selected for NAEP 2013 about the assessment. The NSC may elect to notify only parents of selected students or to notify parents of all students in the school's target grades (4, 8, and/or 12). The letter is typically distributed to parents in January after the holidays, but if necessary it may be later. It is expected, however, that parents will receive the letter at least two weeks before the school's scheduled assessment day. The letter must exhibit the date that the letter was distributed to parents.

NAEP School Coordinators should use Idaho's parent letter template to notify parents. It addresses both federal and state requirements for school and student participation. MS Word copies of the Idaho parent letter templates (English, Spanish, and multilingual translation notice) are listed above. The multilingual translation notice on the back of the English letter can be very useful when multiple languages are spoken in the students' homes.


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PDF Icon Instructions for SD Worksheets
PDF Icon NAEP 2013 Math-Reading SD Inclusion Guidelines Idaho
Powerpoint Icon NAEP SD Worksheet Guide
PDF Icon Instructions for ELL Worksheets
PDF Icon NAEP 2013 Math-Reading ELL Inclusion Guidelines Idaho
Powerpoint Icon NAEP ELL Worksheet Guide

It is expected that most students with disabilities and limited English proficiency will be included on NAEP. The only clear exceptions are students with disabilities (SD) who take the ISAT ALT, and English language learners (ELL) who have been in the United States schools for less than one year. NAEP provides accommodations that should permit most, if not all, other SD/IEP and ELL/LEP students to take part in NAEP 2013.