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National Assessment of Educational Progress (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 and administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a division of the U.S. Department of Education. Voluntary assessments for states began in 1990 on a trial basis. Since 2002, selected urban districts have participated in the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA). In 2003, as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization of 2001 (No Child Left Behind Act), assessments in mathematics and reading were administered in the 50 states, the District of Columbia Public Schools, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. 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 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.
- Authorized in Florida by Florida State Statute 1008.22(2), NAEP is included as part of Florida's statewide testing program because it provides comparative state and national information about student achievement in mathematics, reading, science, vocabulary, and writing.
- Assesses a representative sample of students to measure and report 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 are independent of the U.S. Department of Education. NAGB is responsible for setting policy for NAEP and for developing the frameworks and test specifications that are the blueprint for the assessments.
Florida's Main NAEP 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.
NAEP Archive provides Reports, Presentations, Newsletters, and Press Releases related to NAEP.
NAEP and Florida's statewide assessments (FCAT 2.0 and Florida End-of-Course Assessments) serve different purposes but are used together to provide a means for state educators, legislators, and the governor to gauge the effectiveness of state educational policies. For a comparison of the two assessment programs, please refer to What's the Connection? NAEP and FCAT 2.0/Florida's EOC Assessments (PDF, 486KB).
Assessments in the NAEP Program
The NAEP Program is divided into two groups of assessments:
- Main NAEP (includes the National, State, and Trial Urban District Assessments) - The Main NAEP page includes information about preparing to administer the assessments, sample questions and answers, policies for accommodations, the assessment schedule, and NAEP results and resources. National NAEP reports information for the nation. State NAEP, first implemented in 1990 on a trial basis, provides assessment results on the performance of students in a range of subjects in grades 4, 8, and 12. The Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) NAEP, first implemented in 2002, provides district-level assessment results for 21 large urban districts.
- 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.
The schedule of NAEP assessments may be changed as directed by NAGB. The NAEP assessment schedule through 2017 was approved by NAGB on August 2-3, 2013.
To show the differences between the assessments, a comparison of the all the assessments in the NAEP program (PDF, 64KB) is available.