Percentages of Students in Urban Districts Identified, Excluded, and Assessed in Reading
NAEP has always endeavored to assess all students selected as a part of its sampling process, including students who are classified by their schools as students with disabilities (SD) and/or as English language learners (ELL) or limited English proficient (LEP). (LEP students are sometimes called English language learners). The decision to exclude any of these students is made by school personnel. School personnel are encouraged to use inclusion criteria provided by NAEP and may discuss their inclusion decisions with NAEP field staff. Some students may participate with testing accommodations.
The percentages of students excluded from NAEP may vary considerably across states and districts, as well as across years. Comparisons of achievement results across districts and within a district across years should be interpreted with caution if the exclusion rates vary widely. For example, at grade 4, the exclusion rates in Austin and Houston varied from those of the other districts.
Read more about the NAEP inclusion policy.