Student Group Comparisons Tool

To better understand students' technology and engineering literacy, use the Student Group Comparisons Tool to compare student groups based on their performance on the NAEP TEL assessment and on their learning experiences with technology and engineering.

To use the tool:

  1. Select an assessment year using the top drop-down menu.
  2. Select a content area.
  3. Select student groups to compare using the bottom drop-down menus.

"Successfully Demonstrated Skill" represents the percentage of students receiving full credit for the questions listed. Learn more about TEL discrete questions and tasks. "Student Experiences" represent student responses to selected survey questions asking about their learning experiences in technology and engineering. Explore the TEL student survey questionnaire.

Interpreting the Results

NAEP is not designed to identify the causes of performance differences. There are many factors that may influence average student achievement, and these factors may also change over time. Such factors include local educational policies and practices, the quality of teachers, available resources, and the demographic characteristics of the student body. Therefore, the results presented here cannot be used to infer cause-and-effect relationships between student characteristics and achievement.

NAEP reports results using widely accepted statistical standards; results in this report are based on a statistical significance level set at .05 with appropriate adjustments for multiple comparisons. See more information about comparing multiple groups at The findings discussed throughout this report are statistically significant unless stated otherwise.

For example, the information below shows a comparison of TEL performance and learning experiences for students performing below NAEP Basic and students performing at or above NAEP Basic.

The findings highlighted here demonstrate the range of information available from the 2014 and 2018 NAEP TEL assessments and student survey questionnaire. They do not provide a complete picture of student performance and learning experiences in and outside of school. The NAEP data can be explored further using the NAEP Data Explorer. In 2018, results are only available at the TEL overall level in the Student Group Comparisons Tool.

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 Students below NAEP BasicStudents at or above NAEP BasicDifference
Percentage of students16%84%-68
Successfully Demonstrated Skill: Percentage of students receiving full credit for the discrete and task questions listed below
Discrete QuestionsStudents below NAEP BasicStudents at or above NAEP BasicDifference
Select a data visualization suitable for presenting historical information (History of Animation Question mark icon)36%78%-43
Explain how a technological change might impact collaboration (School Election Question mark icon)32%77%-44
Describe an environmental benefit of a technological change (Plastic Packaging Question mark icon)16%75%-59
Process information needed for evaluating alternative technologies (Lightbulbs Question mark icon)3%39%-36
Task QuestionsStudents below NAEP BasicStudents at or above NAEP BasicDifference
Choose an appropriate digital image for a website (Andromeda task question 2 Question mark icon)34%77%-43
Identify copyrighted images that can be legally used on a website (Andromeda task question 3 Question mark icon)15%69%-54
Use the correct citation style to credit the owner of a copyrighted image (Andromeda task question 5 Question mark icon)17%58%-41
Student Experiences: Percentage of students reporting the learning experiences listed below
Student ExperienceStudents below NAEP BasicStudents at or above NAEP BasicDifference
Often learn about/discuss how to credit others for their ideas (for example, citing sources, using endnotes and footnotes in reports) at school20%48%-28
Often learn about/discuss choices people make that affect the environment not for school work17%26%-9
Often learn about/discuss conditions that influence the use or availability of machines or devices at school13%17%-4
Definitely can create presentations with sound, pictures, or video24%51%-27
Took at least one technology/engineering-related class54%58%-4

Significant difference

NAEP achievement levels are to be used on a trial basis and should be interpreted and used with caution. Negative differences indicate that the average score or the percentage of the first student group selected was numerically lower than the corresponding data for the comparison group.