School Coordinators

Some assembled information is below for schools that have been selected to participate in the 2019-2020 administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card. This vital state-level data collection is conducted every two years and provides Montana with information on how our students perform compared to other jurisdictions. As part of the NAEP 2019-2020 program, students will participate in reading and math assessments for age 9-, 13-, and 17-years old. There are three assessment windows: Age 13: October 14-December 20, 2019, Age 9: January 6-March 13, 2020 and Age 17: March 16-May 22, 2020.

In August, principals will be asked to designate a school staff person to serve as the NAEP School Coordinator. This person is our single point of contact for all matters pertaining to the assessment and will coordinate all NAEP activities in the school with the NAEP assessment teams.  

Many NAEP pre-assessment activities are involved and some are location dependent. We recommend that the designated NAEP School Coordinator is school-based as many of these activities require intimate familiarity with the school and students. The following is a list of pre-assessment activity guidelines to assist schools in determining a School Coordinator:

  • The School Coordinator should have some uninterrupted blocks of time to complete online activities and speak with their NAEP field representative. The Office of Public Instruction (OPI) estimates that these pre-assessment activities will take approximately 15 hours to complete for each school depending on the school size, the basic level of preparedness, and the familiarity he/she has with the MyNAEP online platform. 
  • The School Coordinator should be comfortable using computers since all assessment preparation activities will be completed via the MyNAEP online platform (
  • The School Coordinator should have familiarity with how each sampled student participates in statewide assessments or the ability to acquire student information, such as birth dates, demographic information (e.g. gender, race/ethnicity designations, eligibility for free/reduced lunch, and LEP/IEP status), and student enrollment status.
  • The School Coordinator should have knowledge of how to obtain and provide detailed information about each sampled student’s testing accommodation needs and considerations.
  • The School Coordinator should inform students' parents/guardians about the assessment and work with school staff to ensure a high rate of student participation in the assessment.
  • The School Coordinator should be present on assessment day to work with the NAEP field representative and answer questions.  

The timeline below provides an opportunity to look at the NAEP coordination activities throughout the school year.

Completing Pre-assessment Activities for NAEP 2019-2020 
For the upcoming assessments, MyNAEP ( will serve as your primary resource to prepare for the assessment. If you need assistance before then, contact the NAEP help desk at 1.800.283.NAEP (6237), or by email at

NAEP 2020 Electronic Communications History will arrive Summer 2019.

If you have other questions or concerns about the NAEP cycle, your role in the process, your assessment date, or would like to find out more about NAEP itself, please send me an e-mail at or phone 406.444.3450.