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NAEP Research and Development Program

Bringing innovation to large-scale assessment and providing training opportunities to expand the community of statisticians, psychometricians, and education researchers who work with NAEP data.

Interested in learning how to analyze large-scale assessment data using R?


Check out the course offered by AERA's Virtual Learning Series on Tuesday, June 22, 2021! This course will introduce participants to EdSurvey – an R package that was developed to analyze national and international large-scale assessment data with complex psychometric and sampling designs. More info can be found here.

EdSurvey 2.6.9 Released


This R Package from our NAEP Data Training now includes TIMSS 2019, OECD PISA 2018 Financial Literacy and 2017 US PIACC data. Learn more here

Process data makes the cover of EM:IP Magazine


Checkout the article here and see the cover graphic here!

New Education Inequality Research using NAEP Data


Check out how researchers used NAEP data to look at U.S. National and State Trends in Educational Inequality due to Socioeconomic Status. Download the report here.


Explore the opportunities provided through the NAEP Research and Development Program.

Featured Work

Explore featured work conducted under the NAEP Research and Development Program.


NAEP is mandated by Congress to provide a continuing evaluation of educational conditions in the United States through a fair and accurate measurement of educational achievement in reading, mathematics, and other content areas and is administered by the Assessment Division within the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The NAEP Research and Development (NAEP R&D) Team conducts studies that contribute to new methodologies for analyzing and operationalizing large -scale assessments. In addition, NAEP R&D promotes the access to and dissemination of this line of research through trainings, internships and a cooperative agreement program. All of these efforts support NAEP in maintaining its reputation as the “gold standard of student assessment".

This site provides information to explore some of the work being developed and opportunities within the NAEP Research and Development (R&D) Program.