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National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Florida National Assessment of Educational Prgress (NAEP)

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Florida Participation in NAEP and International Assessments

  • In the State of Florida, participation in NAEP, TIMSS, PIRLS, and PISA is mandated by Section 1008.22(2), Florida Statutes. "The Commissioner of Education shall direct Florida school districts to participate in the administration of the National Assessment of Educational progress, or similar national or international assessment program, both for the national sample and for any state-by-state comparison programs," and this information is to "be included in the annual report of the Commissioner of Education."
  • NAEP is an important part of Florida’s assessment program because it provides a basis for comparing the knowledge and skills of Florida students with students in other states, and with the Nation as a whole.
  • TIMSS, PIRLS, and PISA are an important part of Florida's assessment program because they provide a basis for comparing the knowledge and skills of Florida's students with students around the world, and the Nation as a whole.
  • Individual student participation in the assessment is voluntary, and parents can choose to have their child not participate, as stipulated in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-110).

Guidelines for Participation in NAEP

  • Schools are randomly selected from the Common Core of Data, a national database of schools.
  • Not all the districts in the state, nor all schools in a district, nor all the students in the grade being assessed, are selected to participate in the assessment.
  • Proportion of all students excluded from any NAEP sample should not exceed 5%.
  • At least 85% of students classified as either students with disabilities or English language learners must be included in the assessment.
  • Unless 90% of the sampled students participate, a make-up session must be scheduled.
  • Parents must be notified before the administration of the assessment.
  • Scoring and reporting usually take approximately six months for Reading and Mathematics. and 12 months for Science and Writing


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.