Source: Sponsored by the Office of Indian Education and conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics of the U.S. Department of Education.
Summary of Findings: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/nies/media/press_release.pdf
Summary: NIES is designed to assist policymakers and educators in making informed decisions as they work to improve the educational experiences of all American Indian and Alaska Native students. The results from NIES have already been used in congressional testimony and serve as a benchmark for measuring the effectiveness of existing programs. The addition of data from NIES 2009 will strengthen the study and enhance its impact on decisions affecting the education of American Indian and Alaska Native students.
The study was conducted in two parts, which focused on the academic achievement and educational experiences of fourth and eighth grade students across the country. The national sample included students from both public and non-public schools that have both large and small American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN).