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Students, Your Participation in NAEP 2012 Is Important to Our Nation!

Are you the parent or teacher of a student selected for NAEP? Find more information for you!


In the 2011-2012 school year, NAEP is administering three exciting assessments!

Long-Term Trend: Students at ages 9, 13, and 17 will participate in special assessments in math and reading. These students will contribute to a trend line measuring educational progress since the early 1970s. Find out more. Economics: Twelfth-grade students, this one's just for you. The economy is on everyone's minds these days and this is your chance to show off what you know. Learn more here. Computer-Based Writing Pilot: Grade 4 students, this is your chance to try out a computer-based assessment designed just for you! Check out these videos from the 2011 assessment to get a peek at what you can expect.

Why is your participation in NAEP so important?

When you participate in NAEP, you are helping measure educational progress across the nation. Not all students in the nation take the assessment; you were selected to represent hundreds of students just like you across our nation. To make sure that the NAEP results report just how much you and your peers have learned in your classes, it's essential that you participate in the assessment and try your best.

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What makes NAEP different than other tests you may have taken? 

  • You don't have to study for it: NAEP doesn't report results for individual students; it is designed to measure the general state of education in our nation and what you have already learned.

  • NAEP presents results for students across our country: Unlike your state's assessment, the results from NAEP assessments represent students from all across the nation.

  • NAEP tests every kind of student in every kind of school: Students taking NAEP are selected randomly to ensure that they are representative of the entire student body of their school. There's no preference given for academic standing, extracurricular participation, plans after high school, race/ethnicity, status as an English language learner, or any other factor.

  • NAEP history: NAEP has been reporting information about what students across the country know and can do in major school subjects since 1969. It is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment.

More answers to questions like these are available on the NAEP Students' Website. With FAQs, videos, games, resources for high school seniors, and more, it's a site designed just for you! (If you don't see what you need there, or just think of something else we should add to it, let us know!)

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When is NAEP coming to selected schools? 

The long-term trend assessment will run through the 2011-2012 school year. Students who are 13 years old were assessed in October 2011; students who are 9 years old were assessed from January through March 2012, and 17-year-olds will be assessed from March 19 to May 25, 2012. Find out why NAEP tests students in these three age groups.

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Don't miss all the resources available on our website. 

  • Use the two data tools below (Test Yourself and the NAEP Questions Tool) to see sample questions and responses from actual students who took NAEP.

NAEP Test Yourself.  Try out actual questions administered to students in the NAEP assessments.

NAEP Questions Tool.  Search, sort, and print sample NAEP questions.

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Last updated 26 April 2012 (EP)
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