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National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

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What is NAEP?

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), first administered in 1969, is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation's students know and can do in subjects such as mathematics, reading, science, and writing. Teachers, principals, parents, policymakers, and researchers all use NAEP results to assess progress and develop ways to improve education in the United States. The results of NAEP are release on The Nation's Report Card and are available for the nation, states, and in some cases, urban districts. NAEP is a congressionally mandated project administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

Why participation of selected schools and students is vital

Schools and students are carefully selected to be in the NAEP samples according to demographic characteristics that make the samples collectively representative of all the nation's students in grades 4, 8, and 12 in public and private schools. The participation of each school and student selected helps ensure that NAEP truly reflects the great diversity of our nation's student population. For example, NAEP reports results for male and female students, specific student sub-groups, and students in different regions of the country. Samples are selected using a complex sampling design. Test scores and questionnaire responses are always kept confidential. Results are never reported for individual students or schools. District-level results are only reported for select large urban areas across the nation.

Resources:

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Understanding the Similarities and Differences Between NAEP and State Assessments

Learn More About Results

View NAEP data for a particular state

Find subject specific sample questions

Download a Sample Question Booklet that contains sample test questions for NAEP assessments

Learn more about how policy is drafted for each NAEP assessment

Offer a comment or suggestion to NAEP



Last Updated: September 27, 2018
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