NAEP Research on Student Motivation and Performance on Assessments

Project Case Study
The Challenge

Our client wanted to learn more about student motivation on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

The Client

National Assessment Governing Board

What We Did

AnLar conducted a systematic review of what the field knows about how engagement and/or test administration may affect students’ performance on the NAEP. The end result was a critical review and synthesis of research. Our findings indicated that motivation matters: students with higher motivation score higher. But not all students are motivated. Younger students (i.e., fourth graders) reported trying harder on NAEP than did older students. Younger students were also more likely to report confidence in their academic abilities and to place value on NAEP and the subjects it tests.

Skills Used
  • Systematic review of extant literature
  • Advanced quantitative methods
  • Data-informed recommendations for a national organization
  • Publication design and layout
  • Section 508 compliance and accessibility
  • Presentation of key findings at national meeting
Service Areas

Research and Policy Analysis