National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)RESOURCES
More info from the National Center for Education Statistics
NAEP, or the National Assessment of Educational Progress, is often called the "Nation's Report Card." It is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation’s students know and can do in core subjects. NAEP is congressionally mandated, and was first administered in 1969 to measure student achievement nationally. Teachers, principals, parents, policymakers, and researchers all use NAEP results to assess progress and develop ways to improve education in the United States.Who takes it?
When/how frequently is it taken?Reading and mathematics assessments with state results are given every two years. One other subject is usually assessed during the state years also. The other subjects have included science and writing. The alternate years have national results only.How is it administered?NAEP digital assessments, which are administered on tablets or laptop computers, use dynamic and innovative technologies to provide an engaging assessment experience for students and more meaningful data about students’ skills and knowledge for educators. With digitally based assessments, students are asked to receive, gather, and report information just as they do in their everyday lives. These new assessments include universal design principles, making it possible for more students to participate without special accommodation sessions. The goal is for all students to have a seamless assessment administration, regardless of their ability.
- Grades 4, 8 and 12 are assessed; results are only calculated in Georgia for grades 4 and 8.
- Long term trend assessments are given every four years to students aged 9, 13 and 17. This assessment tracks changes in national achievement over time.