National Indian Education Study 2015

National Center for Education Statistics

The National Indian Education Study (NIES) is administered as part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to allow more in-depth reporting on the achievement and experiences of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students in grades 4 and 8. This report focuses primarily on two themes identified during the development of the NIES survey questionnaires.

  • To what extent are AI/AN culture and language part of the curricula?
  • To what extent are school resources available for improving AI/AN student achievement?

The student survey questions selected for this report asked AI/AN students about the knowledge they had of their Native culture and language and their opportunities to learn more. Teacher survey questions asked teachers how they acquired and integrated culturally responsive materials, activities, and instruction into their lessons to enhance student learning. Questions from the school administrator survey asked school officials about how often members of the Native community participated in school events with students, parents, and teachers.


Ninneman, A.M., Deaton, J., and Francis-Begay, K. (2017). National Indian Education Study 2015 (NCES 2017-161). Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC.

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