NAEP Current Events

Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) 2018 results released

The Technology and Engineering Literacy Assessment (TEL) was given to eighth grade students across the nation  January 29 through March 9, 2018. The students used computers to complete scenarios that measured their ability to analyze and solve real-world technology and engineering problems. Results were reported at the national level. This the second time the TEL has been given. The first administration was in 2014. When comparing 2018 scores to 2014 scores, the greatest gains were made by mid and higher performing students (students who scored in the 50th percentile or higher). Those students performing below the 50th percentile showed no growth from 2014. Average scores on the TEL increased by two points from 2014. As was true in 2014, girls outperformed boys on the assessment. Despite higher scores, girls were less likely to take technology and engineering related classes than boys.

NAEP 2019 was a “Main NAEP year”

The window for the 2019 NAEP Assessments was January 28 through March 8, 2019.  Nearly 300 schools and 17,000 Nebraska students were tested.  During odd-numbered years, NAEP participation for fourth and eighth grade students is required by the U.S. Department of Education. The required assessments include math and reading, but students are tested in only one subject. Not all fourth and eighth grade students test, because NAEP uses a stratified random sampling method. This means that the students selected to take NAEP are representative of Nebraska’s student population. Results from NAEP 2019 were released to the public in October, 2019.

What will NAEP 2020 look like? Which schools will be taking NAEP?

NAEP 2020 includes Long Term Trend assessments for 9, 13, and 17-year-olds. Results from Long Term Trend Assessments allow the public to see trends in how the nation’s students have performed since the early 1970s.  Long Term Trend assessments are VERY different from Main NAEP assessments. Long Term Trend assessments are shorter and use a paper-pencil format. The content differs as well. The mathematics test, for example, measures more basic skills than the current Main NAEP math assessment.   Nebraska has NO schools in the Long Term Trend sample for 2020.  However, there may be a small number of international pilot assessments in which Nebraska will be asked to participate.

Updated November 25, 2019 2:50pm