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Overview of NAEP and NAEP Terms

The following resources provide general information related to the history, background, and administration of the NAEP assessment.

NAEP Glossary
Schedule for State and National NAEP Assessments
Histories of NAEP
History of NAEP Partners
Assessment Field Manuals
NAEP Year-at-a-Glance
NAEP Linking Studies
An Overview of Procedures for the NAEP Assessment


NAEP Glossary

Use the NAEP Glossary as a reference for any unfamiliar NAEP terms. Note that more detailed descriptions of NAEP procedures can be found in the technical documentation, with references

Schedule for State and National NAEP Assessments

See the schedule for all NAEP assessments, from the first assessments in 1969 through those scheduled in 2017. Schedules for main NAEP, state, TUDA, and long-term trend are included.

Histories of NAEP

A detailed history of NAEP, including the challenges faced since its beginnings—from the institution of voluntary state assessments to federally funded NAEP coordinators in each state—was released in April 2004 to coincide with NAEP's 40th anniversary: The Nation's Report Card: Evolution and Perspectives.

Read highlights of NAEP history, from its very beginning in 1964. Also read the abstract of a history of NAEP by Lyle V. Jones, and see instructions for obtaining a full copy of this article, originally published in Educational Researcher, Vol. 25, No. 7, pp.15-22, October 1996.

A history of the National Assessment Governing Board was published in 1998; Overseeing the Nation's Report Card (1035K PDF). Other retrospective reports were published in 2009 on the twentieth anniversary of the Governing Board.

History of NAEP Partners

NAEP is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) through contracts awarded for many parts of the assessment process, including: design, analysis, and reporting; item development; data collection; and scoring. Learn how NAEP has grown and changed in many ways since the first assessment in 1969-1970. Also, see who the current NAEP partners are.

Assessment Field Manuals

These assessment manuals provide detailed information for NAEP administrators, describing their role in NAEP and their responsibilities in administering the assessment.

NAEP Year-at-a-Glance

These brochures include major NAEP events, publications released, tallies of students tested, and sample test items scored in the assessments. They are in PDF files varying in size from 217KB  to 2,382KB.

  • The Nation's Report Card: 2007 At a Glance (1748KB ) is a compilation of reprinted Executive Summaries from the reading, mathematics, and writing report cards based upon data collected in 2007. The reports provide national, state, and district-level results as well as trends for different student groups such as gender, race/ethnicity, students with disabilities (SD), English language learners (ELL), and socioeconomic status.
  • NAEP Year-at-a-Glance 2002 (217 KB) provides highlights of the 2002 writing and reading assessments.
  • NAEP Year-at-a-Glance 2001 (2,382KB) includes implications of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 on NAEP participation.
  • NAEP Year-at-a-Glance 2000 (2,223KB) highlights the 2000 mathematics, reading, and science assessments.

NAEP Linking Studies

In recent years, there has been considerable interest among education policymakers and researchers in linking NAEP results to other assessment data. Linking allows researchers to predict from students’ performance on one assessment how they might perform on another assessment they did not take. The 1992 NAEP mathematics assessment results were successfully linked with the International Assessment of Educational Progress (IAEP) of 1991, and the 1996, 2000, and 2003 grade 8 NAEP assessments in mathematics and science have been less successfully linked to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) of 1995, 1999, and 2003. Various methods for linking NAEP scores to state assessment results continue to be explored. Also being explored are methods to enhance the value of NAEP data by linking to other national databases, such as the Common Core of Data and the School and Staffing Survey. For more detail, see Question 14 in An Overview of Procedures for the NAEP Assessment (600KB PDF).

An Overview of Procedures for the NAEP Assessment

An Overview of Procedures for the NAEP Assessment (600KB PDF) provides readers with an overview of the project, to help them better understand the philosophical approach, procedures, analyses, and psychometric underpinnings of NAEP. The guide follows a question-and-answer format, with a succinct answer followed by more detail. A bibliography, glossary, and index are included.


Last updated 28 December 2010 (EP)
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