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About NAEP

A Common Measure of Student Achievement

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only assessment that measures what U.S. students know and can do in various subjects across the nation, states, and in some urban districts. Also known as The Nation’s Report Card, NAEP has provided important information about how students are performing academically since 1969.

NAEP is a congressionally mandated project administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

NAEP is given to a representative sample of students across the country. Results are reported for groups of students with similar characteristics (e.g., gender, race and ethnicity, school location), not individual students. National results are available for all subjects assessed by NAEP. State and selected urban district results are available for mathematics, reading, and (in some assessment years) science and writing.

Results Available by Jurisdiction

Subject National State District
Reading Results Available Results Available Results Available
Mathematics Results Available Results Available Results Available
Science Results Available Availability varies by year Results Available
Writing Results Available Availability varies by year Results Available
Arts Results Available
Civics Results Available
Geography Results Available
Economics Results Available
U.S. History Results Available
TEL Results Available
School Type National State District
Public Results Available Results Available Results Available
Private Results Available
Availability varies by year

Assessment Years

See the years assessments have been administered since the inception of NAEP in 1969.

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Assessment Schedule and Events

See calendar of upcoming NAEP assessments and activities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

See our list of frequently asked questions and resources for finding more information.

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Last updated 10 Sep 2020 (DW)