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NAEP Data Training Workshop


The NAEP Data Training Workshop is designed for quantitative researchers with strong statistical skills who want to learn to conduct data analysis using NAEP data. NAEP data trainings are aimed at advanced graduate students, educational researchers at universities or research organizations, analysts from state and local education agencies, and those interested in analyzing large-scale assessment data. These trainings introduce the unique design features of NAEP and provide guidance and practice in the data analysis strategies required when using NAEP data.

NAEP data trainings provide participants with hands-on practice analyzing NAEP data files using the R program. During the training, participants will:

  • Be given an overview of NAEP operations, from framework and item development to reporting and dissemination;
  • Be introduced to the NAEP psychometric model;
  • Learn about and use plausible values and complex weights in analysis;
  • Learn to use the NAEP Data Explorer, EdSurvey (an R statistical package);
  • Conduct and share statistical analysis projects using NAEP data; and
  • Hear about the challenges facing NAEP and opportunities in NAEP operations and research;
  • Give a brief presentation on challenges and successes in practicing with NAEP Data

A draft agenda for the 2020 data training can be found here.

Financial Support

There is no fee to attend. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) will provide the training materials,the computers, software, and data for the hands-on training. NCES will also pay for transportation to Arlington, VA1, hotel accommodations, and a fixed per diem for meals and incidental expenses during the training. Accepted applicants are expected to attend all sessions and be on time; financial support will be dependent on applicants' attending and completing the training.

Please note that individuals employed by a holder of a prime or subcontract under the Education Statistics Services Institutes Network (ESSIN) or NAEP Alliance contracts are ineligible to receive lodging, travel, or per diem reimbursement for this workshop.

1 For international applicants only, financial support for transportation is capped at $500.

Application Process


Applicants should have a solid understanding of basic statistics and some topics in advanced statistics, such as procedures for analyzing complex survey data, and some familiarity with measurement theory, including item response theory. Participants should have some knowledge of performing statistical analysis in software packages such as R, SAS, or STATA. Please note, the training workshop will only utilize R.


NCES Postpones NAEP Data Trainings.

Thank you for your patience as NCES continues to monitor updates from local, national, and global public health authorities regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, NCES has decided to postpone the in-person data training until health guidelines recommend it is safe to convene in person.

The health and safety of our participants, presenters, and team members is our highest priority. We will update this site with specific dates as soon as they become available. Please email NAEP_RD@air.org with any questions or concerns.


Applications for the data training workshop are currently closed.


Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Match between their area of research interest and NAEP; applicants are encouraged to explore the NAEP Research Resources website prior to developing their area of research interest statement;
  • Potential to benefit from participation; and
  • Knowledge and skills in statistical analyses