What do teachers say about NAEP?

This short video has educators explaining the importance of NAEP, the relevance of NAEP and how it applies to teachers (click here)

There are many online tools and applications with NAEP relevant data. Below are some suggested state and national resources.

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PAO (Process, Assessment, Outcome) Instruction
PAO Instruction includes FREE online courses in English Language Arts, Math, and Science that provide hands-on experience with item classification by allowing teachers to align high quality NAEP released test items to the Montana Common Core Standards (MCCS).  NAEP, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, has a strong alignment to the Common Core and college- and career-ready standards and has long been considered the 'gold' standard of assessment due to its ability to provide a common yardstick for states.

Geogebra is the future of mathematics. Many teachers have heard about Geogebra yet remain unclear about how it can be used in their own classrooms.  In this course Geogebra will be used to illustrate NAEP and Smarter Balanced Assessment released items.  Participants will receive a Geogebra app for each test item along with videos on how to use the app with students and how to make their own apps. 

Increasing Rigor in Math Items
This course was created to provide learning that highlights the major instructional shifts for math teachers. Are you interested in learning how to increase, or differentiate your instruction to cover varying levels of Depth of Knowledge (DOK)? Would you like to learn how to identify the DOK of a question and participate in a process that brings educator content in-line with the MCCS for mathematical practice? This course provides instruction on the item Depth of Knowledge (DOK) and moves through a process that brings educators content in line with the Montana Common Core Standards (MCCS) for mathematical practice. Taking this course will help you redesign your own assignments, quizzes and tests to reflect rigor.

Interactive Computer Tasks
NAEP has developed innovative science assessments in the form of Interactive Computer Tasks (ICTs). As we progress towards computer based testing in Montana, teachers can use ICTs in the classroom to better prepare students. This course provides a tutorial on using ICTs with a 6 - 8 grade science classroom as a model.

Science Crosscutting Concepts for Science Educators and/or Science Engineering and Practices for Science Educators
The K-12 Science Framework was developed from the National Research Council giving science educators nationwide an intertwined approach to science teaching using discipline-specific content, science practices, and crosscutting concepts. This course provides a reference guide for teachers in developing college and career ready opportunities in the classroom. This professional learning gives Montana science educators exposure to the crosscutting concepts and science and engineering practices across grade levels with aligned assessment items from NAEP. Due to the arduous task of identifying suitable standards-based activities and assessment items the summer 2014 exhaustive review of NAEP items led to NAEP aligned Science K-12 Framework applicable items.



Visit the Nation's Report Card to access:

  • NAEP Question Tools (NQT) for Teachers. Create your own NAEP test and see what students know and can do. NAEP Question Tools for Teachers Brochure
  • NAEP Item Maps for Teachers. Item maps help to illustrate what students know and can do in NAEP subject areas by positioning descriptions of individual assessment items along the NAEP scale at each grade level. An item is placed at the point on the scale where students are more likely to give successful responses to it. The descriptions used in NAEP item maps focus on the knowledge and skills needed to respond successfully to the assessment item. NAEP Item Maps for Teachers Brochure
  • Test yourself. Try sample questions in a variety of subjects for yourself. At the end of the quiz, see how students across the nation performed.
  • Interactive Computer Tasks (ICTs).These tasks presented students with computer-based environments where students were asked to solve authentic scientific problems. There are nine released ICTs available to the public.
  • Hands-On Tasks (HOTs). These tasks gave students real-world contexts where students were asked to demonstrate how well they are able to plan and conduct scientific investigations, reason through complex problems, and apply their scientific knowledge. There are three released HOTs available to the public.