NAEP Studies: SIG 99
NAEP Studies: SIG 99
SIG Purpose


The purpose of the NAEP Studies SIG is to facilitate secondary analysis of the National Assessment of Educational Progress ongoing surveys regarding U.S. students' knowledge, attitudes, and experiences in diverse learning areas.

Call for NAEP Studies SIG Officer Nominations
We are almost halfway through the 2022-2023 year, but we must look ahead for the next year as well.  We invite everyone to consider running for a leadership position in the NAEP Studies SIG.  Serving on the SIG Leadership Committee is a great opportunity to help shape the SIG, as well as give back to the research community.
The following positions have openings within the NAEP Studies SIG for the 2023-2024 year:
  • Chair-Elect (1 year) 
    • The Chair-Elect shall be responsible for supporting the chair and the general activities of the SIG and for learning the roles and responsibilities of the chair role. There is an automatic succession of the following offices, from Chair-Elect to Chair, in that order, such that the person elected as Chair-Elect shall automatically assume the office of Chair after serving one term (defined as one year) as Chair-Elect.
  • Secretary (1 year) 
    • The Secretary shall be responsible for taking notes at the annual business meeting and conference calls and arranging for posting minutes on the NAEP Studies SIG website.
  • Treasurer (1 year) 
    • The Treasurer shall be responsible for managing and reporting on the financial accounts of the SIG and the safe keeping of all financial documents of the SIG.
  • Program Co-Chair (2 years) 
    • The Program Co-Chairs shall be responsible for requesting time on the Annual Meeting program from AERA and submit to AERA in a timely fashion the necessary materials to have the SIG listed in the Call for Papers. In collaboration with the Chair, the Program Co-Chairs solicit papers for the annual conference, solicit symposium and workshop proposals, receive program proposals, assign them for review, collect reviews, decide upon programs to be accepted and notify authors of the proposals and also AERA of the program. They also recruit and assign moderators and discussants for paper sessions.
  • Newsletter Editor (1 year) 
    • The Newsletter Coordinator shall be responsible for collecting information from the other officers, drafting a newsletter at least twice a year and obtaining the approval of the Executive Committee.
  • Webmaster (1 year) 
    • The Webmaster shall be responsible for keeping the NAEP SIG website and other NAEP SIG social media up to date.
If you would like to nominate someone (including yourself!) for one of these positions, please send an email to me (Amy Dresher, no later than Monday, October 31, 12:00pm (PST) with the following information:
  • The full name of the candidate
  • The institutional affiliation of the candidate
  • The candidate’s email address
  • A biographical statement for the candidate, which can be up to 200 words
As a reminder:
  • AERA policy requires that all elections be competitive; that is, there must be two or more candidates for each elected office. 
  • Candidates must be current, voting members of AERA and current members of the SIG. 
  • Graduate students can only serve in positions designated for graduate students (e.g., Graduate Student Representative.)
  • No individual can serve in any one role for more than three consecutive years. 
Election Timeline
  • November 7, 2022, 12pm (PST): Nominations need to be submitted to
  • January 2023: Election opens early January
  • February 2023: Election closes early February
  • Late-February 2023: AERA Central office will notify candidates and SIG Chairs of the election results. 
If you have any questions regarding the election, please email me at
2023 NAEP Studies SIG Outstanding Paper Award - Call for Nominations

The AERA NAEP Studies SIG has put out the call for nominations for their inaugural Outstanding Paper Award.  This award recognizes papers of exemplary conceptual, methodological, analytic, and writing quality that draw on NAEP data to advance education research or inform policy development.  Papers could be published in either refereed and non-refereed sources.  The committee will consider the strength of a paper as it relates to the overarching NAEP Studies SIG call for focused attention on persistent issues of urgent concern to the field, such as improvement in measurement and understanding of noncognitive skills, better understanding of contextual factors explaining achievement disparities, and impacts of policy on educational achievement and growth.

Eligibility Criteria.  Eligible papers include scholarly or professional journal articles, published reports, or conference proceedings.  Special consideration will be given to work that uses NAEP data in original ways.  Exemplary papers will make connections to researchers, practitioners, and policymakers explicit.

A paper may be submitted for consideration for this award only once. In order to give more authors an opportunity to have their research recognized, only one submission per person will be considered during one submission cycle.  A paper can be nominated for an award within only one AERA division or SIG.  Nominations are encouraged from both domestic and international scholars.  Nominations may be submitted by the author (self-nomination) or by anyone familiar with the work of the author.

Membership in AERA and the SIG is not required to be nominated or to be a recipient of an award.  AERA, Division, and SIG membership should not be used as an evaluative criterion in judging the quality of award submissions and nominations.

Nomination Process.  Completed nominations should include a letter of nomination and the following supporting materials:

  • A brief summary of the nominated paper (8 sentences or less) and an explanation of the relevance, importance, and originality of the work in advancing educational measurement and/or informing public policy; 
  • A copy of the paper, including complete bibliographic information;
  • A copy of the Table of Contents of the journal or other peer reviewed research paper in which the paper appeared OR an acceptance letter from the journal editor(s) if it is currently in press;
  • A current CV for the nominee(s), which may include academics, doctoral students, and other educational research professionals;
  • A statement from the nominee(s) that they will plan to attend the annual Business meeting if they are selected to receive the award; and 
  • Testament from the nominee(s) that they have no knowledge of conduct that would preclude a nominee from being honored as an awardee as set forth in the AERA Code of Ethics by stating one of the following:
    • If this is a self-nomination:  I acknowledge that my professional conduct adheres to the highest standards, including with respect to nondiscrimination, non-exploitation, and harassment in accordance with the AERA Code of Ethics.
    • If you are nominating someone other than yourself:  I know of no conduct by the nominee(s) that does not meet the standards set forth in the AERA Code of Ethics, including with respect to nondiscrimination, non-exploitation, and harassment.

Email nominations to the NAEP SIG Chair, Amy Dresher, at, and include “NAEP Studies SIG Outstanding Paper Nomination” in the subject.


  • November 1, 2022 – Nominated paper must be accepted for publication or have been presented at one of the previous two AERA annual meetings
  • December 1, 2022 11:59pm ET – Closing date for nominations
  • February 1, 2023 – Winner will be privately notified 
  • April 2023 – Public announcement of award winner during the Annual NAEP Studies SIG Business Meeting at the Annual AERA Meeting
Calling Volunteers for Award Committee

For the first time at the 2023 AERA Annual Meeting, the NAEP Studies SIG will present its first Outstanding Publication Award.  The award is intended to recognize exemplary work by individuals using NAEP data to advanced educational measurement and/or inform public policy with the goal of improving education and equality.

The call for nominations for the award will happen in August.  At this moment, however, we are looking for interested folks in serving on the Award Committee, who will be responsible for reviewing the nominations and making a selection.  If you are interested in serving on the Award Committee, please send an e-mail to our Chair Amy Dresher (

NAEP Studies SIG Spring 2022 Newsletter

An ongoing goal of the AERA NAEP Studies SIG is to produce a newsletter for its members to let them know of happenings within the NAEP Studies SIG, as well as information and updates about NAEP publications and research.

To that end, here is the Spring 2022 edition of the AERA NAEP Studies SIG newsletter.

The Fall 2021 edition of the newsletter can be found here.


NAEP Studies SIG Webinar: NAEP HSTS

The AERA NAEP Studies SIG hosted its first webinar of 2022 on Wednesday, June 15th, focusing on the 2019 NAEP High School Transcript Study.

AERA NAEP Studies SIG Webinar Series
Examining High School Coursetaking and Academic Performance:  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.



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