National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Florida National Assessment of Educational Prgress (NAEP)


NAEP is The Nation's Report Card

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often referred to as The Nation's Report Card, and long considered the gold standard in assessment development, is the only continuing, nationally representative, state-comparable measure of student achievement.

  • Established by Congress in 1969 as a national assessment and administered by the assessment division of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a division of the U.S. Department of Education, the Institute of Education Sciences. Voluntary assessments for states, known as the Trial State Assessment Program, began in 1990. In 1996, "Trial" was dropped from the title of the assessment. Since 2002, selected urban districts have participated in the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA).
  • Beginning with the 2002-2003 NAEP administration, as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization of 2001 (No Child Left Behind Act), all states, the District of Columbia Public Schools, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools were required to participate in mathematics and reading assessments.
  • P.L. 107-279, Sec. 303, signed by President Bush on November 5, 2002, established NAEP as a fair and accurate measure of the nation's student academic achievement and provided reporting trends in subjects such as mathematics, reading, science and writing. Other subjects, such as the arts, civics, economics, geography and U.S. history, are assessed periodically at the national level.
  • NAEP is now guided by the Every Student Succees Act (ESSA) of 2015 and the National Assessment of Educational Progress Authorization Act (part of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002), as well as policies enacted by the National Assessment Governing Board (Governing Board). The ESSA reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESES) first passed in 1965. ESSA made no changes to the law regarding the authorization of or participation in NAEP.
  • Authorized in Florida by Florida State Statute 1008.22(2), NAEP is included as part of Florida's statewide assessment program because it provides comparative state and national information about student achievement in mathematics, reading, science and writing. A representative sample of students is assessed as a means of measuring and reporting progress in student performance over time and to compare the knowledge and skills of students in Florida with those of other jurisdictions and with the nation.
  • Governed by the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), whose board members are appointed by the Secretary of Education, but who are independent of the U.S. Department of Education and responsible for setting policy for NAEP as well as for developing the frameworks and test specifications that serve as the blueprint for the assessments.  Frameworks are designed to guide the assessment for about a decade before being updated. NAGB also sets the NAEP Assessment Schedule.
  • As the Nation's Report Card, NAEP must report accurate results for populations of students and subgroups of these students (e.g., minority students, students from low-income families). To ensure accurate results, the relatively small samples of students must be truly representative of the entire student population in the nation (for the national assessments) and the state (for the state assessments).
  • NAEP is transitioning to a digital-based assessment with the 2017 administration of state-NAEP. This will allow NAEP to measure new skills in a more meaningful and efficient way.

Results provides the latest reports for Reading, Mathematics, Science, Vocabulary, Writing, TUDA and Grade 12. A Mega-States Report is also available that compares Florida's results with those of California, Illinois, New York, Texas and the Nation.

Assessments in the NAEP Program

The NAEP Program is divided into two groups of assessments:

  • Main NAEP (includes the National, State/Jurisdiction, and Trial Urban District Assessments) - National NAEP reports information for the nation in grades 4, 8, and 12. State/Jurisdiction NAEP, first implemented in 1990 on a trial basis, provides state-level assessment results on the performance of students in a range of subjects in grades 4 and 8. The Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) NAEP, first implemented in 2002, provides district-level assessment results for 27 large urban districts in 2017 including three in Florida - Duval, Hillsborough, and Miami-Dade counties - at grades 4 and 8. 
  • Long-Term Trend NAEP (LTT) - Long-Term Trend NAEP assessments are designed to provide information on the changes in the basic achievement of students in mathematics and reading from the early 1970s to the present. They are administered nationally and report on student performance at ages 9, 13, and 17. The LTT NAEP page includes information about taking the assessments, assessment schedules, results, and resources for participating schools.

To show the differences between the two assessments, a comparison of the assessments in the NAEP program (PDF) is available.

NAEP Resources and Archived Information

NAEP FAQs and Chronology of NAEP (PDF) provide background information about NAEP.

NAEP Archive provides reports, presentations and newsletters related to NAEP and international assessments.


The NAEP contact for the state of Florida is Michele Sonnenfeld. She can be contacted by email at or by telephone at 850-245-0513.