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NAEP Tools and Applications

The NAEP website features a number of applications designed to give users quick and easy access to questions from previous assessments, performance comparisons, and NAEP assessment data for quick or complex analyses; read a brochure, NAEP Tools on the Web PDF File (1.1 MB ), describing the tools. See more information about each tool below, and print Quick Reference Guides if you are a new user.

Data Explorer

NAEP Data Explorer

The NAEP Data Explorer (NDE) creates customizable tables and graphics to display NAEP results. See the results of an assessment across multiple years, and broken down across a variety of student groups. For some assessments, results are available by state or participating urban district. Results can be filtered by content areas.

For in-depth exploration, the NDE provides significance testing, gap analysis, and regression analysis. You can export tables and charts to Word documents, Excel workbooks, and PDFs.​ Special versions of the NDE focus on the High School Transcript Study (HSTS) and the National Indian Education Study (NIES).

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The International Data Explorer (IDE), an offshoot of the NDE, compares assessment results of our nation's students with those of students from other nations.

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Questions Tool

NAEP Question Tool

The NAEP Questions Tool (NQT) provides access to over 3,000 released questions from NAEP assessments in all NAEP subject areas. You can see examples of students’ actual answers to constructed-response questions, with scorer comments. You can also see the percentage of students nationwide who answered each question correctly, and how students’ performance on a given question corresponds to their overall scores.

You can bookmark question for later use, and use them to supplement classroom instruction.

For information about using the NQT:

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Item Maps

Item Maps

The NAEP Item Maps use released questions from previous NAEP assessments to illustrate the knowledge and skills demonstrated by students performing at different NAEP performance levels. The Item Maps answer the question, “What does it mean for students to be at Basic, Proficient, or Advanced in terms of what they know and can do?”

You can link to released questions from the Item Maps, and see performance information broken out over such student characteristics as gender or race/ethnicity. You also can view individual, state-level results in mathematics, reading, science, and writing, and review the results of any urban district participating in the NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA).

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State Comparisons

NAEP State Comparisons

The NAEP State Comparisons tool provides tables and maps that compare student performance data among the states, and across various demographic groups, such as male and female students, or White, Black, and Hispanic students, for a specific year. Comparisons are based on the average scale scores for public school students within a single assessment year, or on the change in performance between two assessment years.

You can save, print, or export your analyses in Excel and save your maps in several different ways.

  • See the Quick Reference Guide PDF File (742 KB) to get started.
  • Read an overview of the tool.
  • Access the comprehensive Help system available on every page.

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State Profiles

State Profiles

The NAEP State Profiles present key data about each state’s performance in the National Assessment of Educational Progress in mathematics, reading, writing, and science for grades 4 and 8. You can see how a state performed over time, view a state’s demographics and school characteristics, download snapshot reports, and compare each state’s overall performance to performance nationwide or in other states. Maps allow you to easily compare performance across jurisdictions.

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District Profiles

District Profiles

The NAEP District Profiles present key results from the NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) in mathematics, reading, writing, and science for grades 4 and 8. You can compare the performance of students in participating urban districts to the performance of public school students in large cities nationwide. You can also compare performance among participating districts, quickly see how a district performed over time, and download snapshot reports.

Data is displayed in charts and maps, making it easier to compare performance across jurisdictions.

There are also links to the most recent TUDA reports.

  • Access a comprehensive Help system on each page in the tool. 

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Test Yourself

Test Yourself

Test Yourself allows you to try out actual questions administered to students in the NAEP assessment. Choose a subject and a grade, read the questions, enter your answers, and see if you answered correctly. Your results will be displayed along with the performance data of the nation’s students. For mathematics and reading, district and state performance data are available for the questions you’ve answered.

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Last updated 31 January 2014 (TO)
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