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NAEP Studies SIG Annual Summary: 2020-2021

NAEP Studies SIG Annual Summary for 2020-21

Submitted April 2021

The SIG Leadership team met virtually monthly beginning in July 2020 on the following dates:

July 17, 2020

August 21, 2020

September 18, 2020

October 16, 2020

November 20, 2020

December 18, 2020

January 22, 2021

February 19, 2021

March 19, 2021

The team was comprised of the following individuals:

Cindy Ziker, Chair

Andrew Hudacs, Chair Elect

Young Yee Kim, Program Co-Chair

Ning Rui, Program Co-Chair

Judy Tang, Treasurer

Renee Savoie, Secretary

Robert Perkins, Webmaster

Angela Battaglia, Communication Support

Jennifer Cain, Social Media Support

Mary Smith, Graduate Student Representative

The monthly meetings were scheduled with the following core set of recurring topics while other relevant topics were added as appropriate.

  • Review/Acceptance of meeting minutes from the prior meeting
  • Officer Reports
    • Program Co-Chairs—updates on the session/paper review process and progress. Establishing the AERA 2021 program for the NAEP Studies SIG including the business meeting.
    • Treasurer—updates on SIG finances and membership
  • SIG website and social media update (Facebook and LinkedIn)—Updates provided by the Webmaster
  • NAEP Updates (provided monthly by the Secretary who serves as a NAEP State Coordinator)
  • Strategic Planning (led by the SIG Chair)

Additionally, many monthly meetings reserved time for discussing the topics listed below.

  • Planning outreach to membership and others in the field to build awareness of the SIG and promote research that uses NAEP data.
  • SIG Officer Election
  • NAEP Studies SIG Award

SIG Achievements in 2020-21

Minutes from every meeting are saved in a shared folder accessible to the leadership team. This repository using Google Drive is helpful in generating the annual summary of activities and will serve as a resource when there is a transition in SIG leadership.

The SIG’s online presence has improved in the last year. The SIG page on the AERA website has been regularly updated based on suggestions shared during the monthly leadership team meetings including advertising upcoming events hosted by the SIG and others. The Webmaster established a YouTube channel and maintains the SIG’s Gmail

The SIG collected nominations for individuals willing to run for SIG officer roles in the Winter 2021 election. The SIG was able to put forth a ballot including two candidates for each of the following positions: Chair-Elect, Program Co-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. The winners of the 2021 election along with their terms are included below.










Amy Dresher

Chair Elect

Two years beginning in 2021-22

Jasmine Park

Program Co-Chair

Two years beginning in 2021-22

Renee Savoie


One year beginning in 2021-22

Judy Tang


One year beginning in 2021-22

Andrew Hudacs will transition from Chair Elect to Chair for 2021-22, and Ning Rui will serve the second year of his term as Program Co-Chair in 2021-22.

The SIG leadership team established the goal of creating a NAEP Studies SIG award. The group formed an Awards Committee comprised of Andrew Hudacs, Ning Rui, and Renee Savoie. The committee used the AERA provided “Petition for Award” template to create a set of guidelines specifying the selection procedures, scope, and criteria for the award. These guidelines were reviewed by the SIG leadership team and input was provided. The petition was submitted prior to the AERA 2021 Annual Meeting. It is anticipated that the AERA Executive Board will review the SIG’s petition at its June meeting. If approved, the NAEP Studies SIG will issue a call for nominations for the newly established Outstanding Publication Award in August 2021 and the winner will be notified by February 2022. The recipient and winning publication will be showcased during the AERA 2022 NAEP Studies SIG Business Meeting.

The Treasurer and Program Co-Chair worked over many months to organize a panel presentation sponsored by the NAEP Studies SIG—What Can Large-Scale Data Tell Us? A Discussion on Student SES Measures Using the TIMSS and NAEP Data. The well-attended webinar was conducted through support from Westat on January 12, 2021 and is archived on the SIG’s YouTube channel.

ABSTRACT: 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 work of the Program Co-Chairs resulted in a final AERA 2021 program that includes two SIG sponsored symposiums, a poster session, and the annual business meeting, which will include a moderated conversation titled Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Implications for Administering NAEP During a Pandemic.

Chair: Monica Anne Gribben, Human Resources Research

Organization Speakers:

Lesley Muldoon, National Assessment Governing Board

Peggy G. Carr, National Center for Education Statistics

Discussant: Thanos Patelis, Fordham University