Meetings & Other Events
Meetings & Other Events

AERA NAEP Studies SIG Webinar (June 15, 2022)

Examining High School Coursetaking and Academic Performance:  2019 NAEP High School Transcript Study

On Wednesday, June 15th, 2022, the AERA NAEP Studies SIG hosted a webinar that focused on the 2019 NAEP High School Transcript Study.The NAEP High School Transcript Study (HSTS) is a NAEP special study where transcripts are collected and analyzed from a nationally representative sample of public and private high school graduates. The study examines the types of courses the graduates took while in high school, how many credits they earned, and the grades they received.  As the HSTS school sample corresponds to the NAEP twelfth-grade assessment school sample, relationships between high school coursework and academic performance can be explored through the graduates’ performance on selected NAEP twelfth-grade assessments.

This past April, NCES released the results from the 2019 NAEP HSTS, looking at trends in high school coursetaking over the past three decades.  This webinar looked at the changes in the HSTS methodology since the 2009 transcript study, the ways that the HSTS data can be analyzed, the results from the 2019 study, and the resources available to educational researchers who may be interested in incorporating the HSTS data into their work.  Robert Perkins and Lisa Hamilton of Westat were the presenters for the webinar.
The PowerPoint slides used in the presentation can be accessed by clicking this link.  A video of the presentation has been uploaded onto YouTube.


AERA NAEP SIG Webinar (December 15, 2021)

Analytic Tools to Explore NAEP Data

Are you interested in exploring NAEP data but not sure where to begin and what tools to use?  On December 15, 2021, the AERA NAEP Studies SIG held a webinar to discuss various tools such as the NAEP Data Explorer, a freely available online analysis tool that requires no programming skills, and the EdSurvey, an R statistical package designed specifically for NCES large-scale assessment data including NAEP.

Presenters Paul Bailey, Ting Zhang, and Alison Filbey, from the American Institutes for Research, provided a brief introduction to the various tools available to explore and analyze NAEP data and share resources for those who want to learn more. B. Jasmine Park, also from American Institutes for Research, moderated the webinar.  This webinar is an excellent opportunity for graduate students and researchers to learn how to better utilize NAEP data in their research.

A video of the webinar can be found on YouTube.



AERA NAEP SIG Webinar (August 12, 2021)

New NCES EDGE Program and SIDE Study

On August 12, 2021, the AERA NAEP Studies SIG presented a webinar discussing the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Education Demographic and Geographic Estimates (EDGE) program and the spatially interpolated demographic and economic (SIDE) estimates study. The presentation focused on learning why demographic, geographic, and economic data are crucial in large-scale studies and how they can aid in examining various group differences in educational outcomes. Dr. William Ward and Dr. Douglas Geverdt of NCES discussed the purposes of the EDGE program, how the estimates are developed, and what it means for researchers who want to use the NAEP data and other NCES-sponsored data collection.

Moderator: Judy H. Tang, Westat
Presenter: Dr. William Ward, U.S. Department of Education, NCES
Presenter: Dr. Douglas Geverdt, U.S. Department of Education, NCES

There are two sets of slides from the presentation.  The first set of slides discussing the socioeconomic status (SES) measure, while the second set of sides focus on the EDGE program.

A video of the webinar can be found on YouTube.


AERA NAEP SIG Webinar (January 12, 2021)

What Can Large-Scale Data Tell Us?  A Discussion on Student SES Measures Using the TIMSS and NAEP Data

On January 12, 2021, the AERA NAEP Studies SIG sponsored a webinar discussion on the student socioeconomic status (SES) measures. In this webinar, researchers presented results from two studies that analyzed changes in achievement gaps between low and high SES students over time. The first study used Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) data and focused on country-level results, and the second study used National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and focused on U.S. state-level results. Researchers also discussed SES-related items from the NAEP student questionnaire data and how student-level neighborhood SES resources may provide additional perspectives on the SES measures.


  • Ning Rui, Amazon, Moderator
  • Markus Broer, AIR, Presenter
  • Yifan Bai, AIR, Presenter
  • Judy Tang, Westat, Presenter
  • William Ward, US Department of Education - NCES, Discussant

The PowerPoint slides shown during the presentation can be found here.

A video of the webinar can be found on YouTube.

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