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National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
- National NAEP tests public/private students in grades 4, 8, and 12.
- State NAEP tests public school students in grades 4 and 8. In 2009, grade 12 students participated in state NAEP in a limited number of states, including Florida, and will participate again in 2013.
- TUDA NAEP tests public school students in 21 large urban districts throughout the United States in grades 4 and 8.
- Assessments are given most frequently in mathematics, reading, science, and writing. Other subjects, such as the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. History, are assessed periodically.
Special Studies are administered according to the assessment schedule set by the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB). Ongoing projects include the High School Transcript Study and a Technology-Based Assessment Project designed to explore the use of technology, especially the use of the computer as a tool to enhance the quality and efficiency of educational assessments.
See the Long-Term Trend (LTT) NAEP page for information on this assessment.
Preparing to Administer the Assessments
Taking the Assessments
What's on the Assessments
- NAEP Frameworks are the blueprints that guide the development of the assessment instruments and determine the content to be assessed. The frameworks are not meant to serve as a national curriculum.
- NAEP Background Questionnaires for students, teachers, and schools are designed to collect information that serves to fulfill reporting requirements of federal legislation and to provide a context for reporting student performance.
NAEP produces a valid profile of student achievement in numerous sub-groupings for individual jurisdictions and the nation as a whole. Results are usually made available anywhere from six to 18 months after the assessment.
- Information for Parents discusses the importance of the NAEP program and what participation means for their children.
- Information for Students answers questions pertaining to the importance of participating in the assessment, explains why the student was picked for the sample and why students do not need to study for the assessment, discusses why NAEP is important, and provides links to tools to assist with school, college, and beyond.
- NAEP Social Media Sites can be accessed through the National Council for Education Statistics (NCES) website.
- Frequently Asked Questions provides answers to those questions most frequently asked by students, parents, and other interested individuals.
- Glossary of Terms provides definitions of the words most frequently used in NAEP reports and other NAEP-related publications.
- The Chronology page (PDF, 168KB) provides the history of NAEP.
- Contractors defines the organizations that work together to develop and implement NAEP and to analyze NAEP results.
- NAEP Archive of Reports, Presentations, Newsletters, and Press Releases provide historical information and data related to NAEP.
- Kid's Zone: Learning with NCES contains mathematics and science games, fun facts, and educational information for kids and adults.