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RFP for National Assessment of Educational Progress, Secondary Analysis Grants



Institute of Education Sciences



The Institute intends the secondary analysis program to encourage the preparation of reports that would not otherwise be available utilizing new ideas or state-of-the-art techniques to analyze and report the information contained in NAEP and the NAEP High School Transcript Studies. Analyses and reports prepared under this program should potentially be useful to the general public, parents, educators, education researchers, or policy makers. The Institute intends the secondary analysis program to fulfill three goals: (1) to support projects that use NAEP assessment data alone or in combination with other data sets to produce reports designed to assist policy makers and educators in the education improvement process; (2) to support projects designed to assist NAEP users in the analysis, interpretation and reporting of state- and district-level NAEP results; and (3) to support projects that include the development of methodological or analytic procedures which improve precision in the estimation and reporting of NAEP results.

The data collected by NAEP represents one of the richest and most in-depth databases of information about student achievement. As part of its mission to the education community, NAEP encourages researchers and policy makers to make use of the data and to perform their own analyses and studies on education achievement. Beyond the summary data available on the NAEP website and in NAEP reports, complete access to all detailed data is available to data analysts who apply for and are granted restricted use licenses.

Despite the depth of the information and the availability of the databases, the Institute believes that the NAEP database remains underutilized. Through this program of secondary analysis grants, the Institute hopes to encourage greater use of the NAEP data to inform education research, policy, and practice. Much potentially valuable information that could be gained from the NAEP data remains untapped. This grant program was developed to make resources available to qualified data analysts to explore the NAEP data more fully.

By broadening the user base, the Institute believes that not only will the data be more widely disseminated, but fresh perspectives and new ideas will be applied to analysis of NAEP data. It is important that analysts outside of the Institute examine and explore the questions that can be addressed by the NAEP data. While the federal government assumes responsibility for collecting these data and making them available to the public, there are opportunities for more analysis of and reporting on the NAEP data than can or should be done by the federal government. By encouraging such broad use of this rich database, the Institute expects that education policy and practice can be informed and enhanced.

It is also expected that by inviting data analysts to work more closely with the NAEP assessment and its data, the program will benefit from additional perspectives on the strengths and weakness of the current methodology underlying NAEP. The Institute welcomes applications for studies that will explore new methodological techniques and new software or analysis models that may help make the NAEP data accessible to a broader range of users.

Typical awards for projects under this goal will be $65,000 to $100,000 (total cost) for a period not to exceed 18 months. Applications for smaller awards and shorter durations are also welcome.