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Information for Educators

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As an educator, you play a critical role in NAEP. It is through your interest and participation that NAEP continues to be an accurate gauge of the progress of the nation's students. We thank you for your support and hope you will find these resources useful.

Be sure to stop by the Educator Update page for NAEP news and related tidbits. 

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Educators' Frequently Asked Questions

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What Questions Does NAEP Ask?

  • After each assessment, a representative sample of questions are released to the public in the NAEP Questions Tool. This tool contains a wealth of information you can use in your classroom. Use these resources to learn how:
  • The NAEP Item Maps tool illustrates what students at each achievement level know and can do. New users can learn more about NAEP Item Maps and how to use them in the Quick Reference Guide (1,126K PDF).
  • Try Test Yourself to sample a small set of released questions, and see how your knowledge compares to students across the nation.
  • With each assessment, NAEP asks non-cognitive questions to gather information from students, their teachers, and school principals about their academic environments. This helps provide context for the results. You can see the Sample Questions Booklets given to schools before every assessment, and examine the actual questionnaires.


Has Your School Been Selected?

  • Did you know that NAEP staff are assigned to each school to ensure that the assessment will run smoothly and take up as little school time as possible? Learn more about NAEP in your school.
  • If your school will be participating in NAEP this year, please look at the information for Parents (available also in Spanish) and for Students on this website. 

How Do I See Data for My State?

Explore the NAEP Assessments

Last updated 22 January 2013 (AA)
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