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These pages answer questions commonly asked by parents of students who have been selected to participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). If you do not find the answers to your questions, or the information you need to help you fully understand our assessment, please contact us or e-mail Sherran Osborne in the U.S. Department of Education at

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Parents' Frequently Asked Questions

What is the NAEP assessment?What will participation in NAEP mean for my child?Why is my child's participation in NAEP important?​How was my child selected? Is it really a random selection?What is the schedule for NAEP?How can I get more information, ask questions, or make comments?

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What Questions Does NAEP Ask?

See the types of questions your child will be asked by exploring 

NAEP Sample Questions booklet for the 2014 civics, geography, and U.S. history assessments for grade 8  (5.7 MB)​.NAEP Sample Questions booklet for the 2014 science pilot for grades 4 and 12​  (789 KB).NAEP Sample Questions booklet for the 2013 mathematics and reading assessments for grade 4  (4.9 MB)grade 8 (4.8 MB), and grade 12  (3.3 MB); and the Puerto Rico assessment in mathematics  (3.3 MB).
For a quick introduction to the NAEP questions, see how well you can do compared to the nation's students—choose a subject and Test Yourself!

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Explore Results

View the latest assessment information and results for mathematics, reading, science, writing, arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history.

See how your state has performed on NAEP assessments over the past decade by viewing our State Profiles.

Explore NAEP data in more detail by using the Data Explorer.

More Information

Read a letter from NAEP with more information for parents and guardians of students selected for the assessments.

Discover more about the NAEP program and learn what participation in the NAEP assessment will mean for you and your child with the brochures An Overview of NAEP PDF File (1.5 MB)​, What Every Parent Should Know About NAEP (800 KB), and An Introduction to NAEP  (1.5 MB). 

Watch a 5-minute video describing the importance of NAEP to students who will be taking it and take a "virtual video tour" that brings the NAEP parent brochure to life!

Take a sneak peek​ at the first-ever technology and engineering literacy (TEL) assessment!  

Last updated 10 June 2014 (MS)
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