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National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)


The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) publishes numerous types of reports (PDF, 85KB) summarizing national, state, and TUDA NAEP results. NAEP serves as an assessment of overall national, state, and TUDA achievement, not as a diagnostic test for individual students. Results from NAEP are publicly available through NCES using the NAEP Data Explorer (NDE), as explained below.

Florida State Profile presents key performance data over time in mathematics, reading, writing, and science for grades 4, 8, and 12. Florida's demographic data, snapshot reports, and a comparison to the nation and the other jurisdictions are also provided.

Florida's Main NAEP Results Reports

Previous NAEP Reports are available in the NAEP Archive.

NAEP Data Explorer (NDE)

The NDE is an interactive tool that can be used by the public to analyze results and to create statistical tables, charts, and maps. The NDE can also be used to explore assessment results by subject area over time for various subjects, grades, and jurisdictions. Data from contextual factors related to learning that are covered in the student questionnaires are also available via the NDE.


The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act mandates the reporting of state NAEP mathematics and reading results within six months and TUDA reporting within seven months of the last day of the assessment period. If a new framework has been adopted, NCES has 12 months within which to report the results. Results for assessments in subjects other than mathematics and reading are usually available within 12 months of the assessment. The results of LTT NAEP and special studies are usually produced within 18 months of their administration.

Keys to Understanding NAEP Scores and Achievement Levels

  • NAEP provides results on performance and how performance has changed over time using scale scores and achievement levels (Basic, Proficient, and Advanced).
  • NAEP scores are based on results of representative samples.
  • Each student takes only a portion of the assessment. Results are then assembled to form projected national, state, and TUDA results. No results are generated for individual students, classes, or schools.
  • Results are reported by student groups, e.g., by gender, race, ethnicity, eligibility for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), English language learners (ELL), and participation in exceptional student education programs (SD).
  • Differences between scores or between percentages are discussed only when they are significant from a statistical perspective. Some seemingly large differences may not be statistically significant.
  • Score scales are 0 to 500 for mathematics and reading and 0 to 300 for science and writing.
  • There are three achievement levels: Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. Percent at or above Basic is the NAEP statistic that is most directly comparable to the AYP statistic that states report for NCLB.
  • Whereas states often define "proficiency" as solid grade-level performance, NAEP's policy definition of its "Proficient" achievement level is "competency over challenging subject matter" and is implicitly intended to indicate higher than grade-level performance.
  • States often define Basic as adequate for promotion. NAEP defines Basic as less than mastery of but more than minimal competency in a subject.

NAEP Achievement Levels and Scoring Metrics


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.