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NAEP Design Overview → NAEP Grade and Age Cohorts Assessed, by Subject Area and Assessment Year, National Main and State Assessments and Special Studies: Various Years, 1969-2005
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) subject areas, grades, and ages assessed: Various years, 1969–2005
Assessment year1 Subject area(s) Grades/ages assessed
Grade 3 Grade 4 Age 9 Grade 7 Grade 8 Age 13 Grade 11 Grade 12 Age 17 Age 17OS2 Adult
1969–1970 Science X X X X X
Writing X X X X X
Citizenship X X X X X
1970–1971 Reading X X X X X
Literature X X X X X
1971–1972 Music X X X X X
Social studies X X X X X
1972–1973 Science X X X X X
Mathematics X X X X X
1973–1974 Career and occupational dvlpt. X X X X X
Writing X X X X
1974–1975 Reading X X X X
Art X X X X
1975–1976 Citizenship/social studies X X X X
Mathematics3 X X X
1976–1977 Science X X X
Basic life skills3 X
Health3 X
Energy3 X
Reading3 X
Science3 X
1977–1978 Mathematics X X X
Consumer skills3 X
1978–1979 Art X X X
Music X X X
Writing X X X
1979–1980 Reading X X X X
Literature X X X X
1981–1982 Mathematics X X X
Citizenship/social studies X X X
Science3 X X X
1983–1984 Reading X X X X X
Writing X X X X X
1985 Adult literacy3 X
1986 Reading X X X X X X
Mathematics X X X X X X
Science X X X X X X
Computer competence X X X X X X
U.S. history3 X X
Literature3 X X
Reading (long-term trend) X X X X X X
Mathematics (long-term trend) X X X X X X
Science (long-term trend) X X X X X X
1988 Reading X X X X X X
Writing X X X X X X
Civics X X X X X X
U.S. history X X X X X X
Document literacy3 X X X X
Geography3 X
Reading (long-term trend) X X X X X X
Writing (long-term trend) X X X X X X
Mathematics (long-term trend) X X X X
Science (long-term trend) X X X X
1990 Reading X X X X X X
Mathematics X X X X X X
Science X X X X X X
Reading (long-term trend) X X X X X X
Writing (long-term trend) X X X X X X
Mathematics (long-term trend) X X X
Science (long-term trend) X X X
Trial state mathematics X
1992 Reading X X X X X X
Writing X X X X X X
Mathematics X X X X X X
Reading (long-term trend) X X X X X X
Writing (long-term trend) X X X X X X
Mathematics (long-term trend) X X X
Science (long-term trend) X X X
Trial state mathematics X X
Trial state reading X
1994 Reading X X X X X X
U.S. history X X X X X X
Geography X X X X X X
Reading (long-term trend) X X X X X X
Writing (long-term trend) X X X X X X
Mathematics (long-term trend) X X X
Science (long-term trend) X X X
Trial state reading X
1996 Mathematics X X X
Science X X X
Reading (long-term trend) X X X X X X
Writing (long-term trend) X X X X X X
Mathematics (long-term trend) X X X
Science (long-term trend) X X X
State mathematics X X
State science4 X
1997 Music X
Theatre X
Visual arts X
1998 Reading X X X
Writing X X X
Civics X X X
State reading X X
State writing X
1999 Reading (long-term trend) X X X X X X
Writing (long-term trend) X X X X X X
Mathematics (long-term trend) X X X
Science (long-term trend) X X X
2000 Reading X
Mathematics X X X
Science X X X
State mathematics X X
State science X X
2001 U.S. history X X X
Geography X X X
2002 Reading X X X
Writing X X X
2003 Mathematics X X
Reading X X
2004 Mathematics long-term trend X X X
Reading long-term trend X X X
2005 Mathematics X X X
Reading X X X
Science X X X
X Denotes grade or age assessed for a given subject area.
† Denotes years in which an assessment for this subject was not conducted.
1 All years in which an assessment was conducted are included in this table.
2 Age 17 students who had dropped out of school or had graduated prior to assessment.
3 Small, special-interest assessments conducted on limited samples at specific grades or ages.
4 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools were assessed at both grades 4 and 8. All other states and jurisdictions in the 1996 state science assessment were assessed at grade 8 only.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Last updated 31 March 2008 (TS)

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