NAEP Research Study

Educational Technologies Study – for 8th Grade Students.


Earn On-Site Incentives for Completing this One-session Study!

8th Grade Students and Parents receive a total of $160 for a 90min session.

Limited seats available.

Participation in only 1 session is needed for incentives.

Part of these cash incentives are a thank you for the time spent bringing your child to and from the interview site.

What is this study about?

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), part of the U.S. Department of Education, is conducting research sessions with students currently in grades 8 about new test questions for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The questions we are testing focus on Reading and will be part of a digitally based test. NCES needs to know whether the questions on the test are clear. Students’ input will help NCES improve the test so that future students will understand it better. 

Session Information

We are scheduling participants for 90 minute in person group sessions on Saturday October 22nd, 2022 in Rockville, MD

Students must be entering into or recently finished 8th grade.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen during the research session?

Each participant will work through an early version of new NAEP Mathematics questions on a tablet computer. An interviewer will ask students what they were thinking as they complete the questions and whether they believe the questions are clear and understandable. EurekaFacts staff may record video and screen activity for analysis and take notes about students’ reactions to these questions. Student feedback will be used to revise and refine the questions. No additional personally identifying information will be recorded or retained.

Specific knowledge is not required, and participants’ responses will not be graded. There will be more than one adult present during each research session. 

Where will the research session take place?

These sessions will take place at the EurekaFacts office in Rockville, MD

How long will the research session last and when will it take place?

The research session will last no more than 90 minutes and can be scheduled at your convenience, and will take place on October 22nd, 2022

Whose consent do you require for participation?

For students under the age of 18, we require written, informed consent from a parent/legal guardian in order for the eligible student to participate. We also ask the student for his or her verbal consent to participate during the prescreening process. Participation in the study is completely voluntary. The parent or legal guardian or student may withdraw consent for the student’s participation in the study at any time. The student also has the right to refuse to answer particular questions. 

Will information be kept private and confidential?

Each participant will be assigned a unique student identifier (ID), and his or her name will not be linked to his or her answers. 

All of the information provided may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be disclosed, or used, in identifiable form for any other purpose except as required by law (20 U.S.C. §9573 and 6 U.S.C. §151). 

Video and screen activity may be recorded for analysis, but no additional personally identifying information will be retained.

Will the results go to the participant’s school?

Participants’ responses will not be disclosed to his or her school and will not be linked to personally identifiable information such as the school’s name. 

Are there rewards or incentives for participating?

Yes, the total incentive to parents and students is $160 for participating.

What are the possible risks of being in the study?

There are no anticipated risks associated with participation in this study component other than a small degree of discomfort students might feel when responding to questions about the task during the session. 

Can participation end early?

Students’ participation in this study is completely voluntary. Students have the right to refuse to answer particular questions. Students may elect to withdraw from this study at any time with the knowledge that if they withdraw early, they forgo payment. 

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