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Timeline for National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Assessments from 1969 to 2024

This schedule of NAEP assessments assumes continuing legislative authority; also, the schedule may be augmented, with advance public notice, as resources permit. The schedule through 2024 was approved by the National Assessment Governing Board on November 21, 2015.

NAEP Assessment Schedule 1969-2024

All main, state, and TUDA assessments take place from January through March. All long-term trend assessments take place from October through May. Results for NAEP assessments are reported in The Nation's Report Card. Results are published for math, reading, science, and writing assessments six months to a year after the assessment is complete. The writing assessments from 2011 onwards will be administered totally on computer, as will the assessment in technology and education literacy in 2014.
 


Year National
grades 4, 8, and 12 unless indicated
State 
(also TUDA, since 2002)
grades 4 and 8 only, unless indicated
Long-Term Trend
ages 9, 13, and 17
2024Arts (8) Mathematics
Foreign Language (12)
 Reading
2023Mathematics (4, 8, 12)Mathematics 
Reading (4, 8, 12)Reading 
Science (4, 8, 12)Science 
High School Transcript Study1
2022U.S. History (8, 12)
 
Civics (8, 12) 
Geography (8, 12) 
Economics (12)
Technology and Engineering Literacy (8, 12)
2021Mathematics (4, 8)Mathematics  
Reading (4, 8)Reading 
 
Writing (4, 8, 12)Writing (8)
 
2020 
2019Mathematics (4, 8, 12)Mathematics  
Reading (4, 8, 12)Reading  
Science (4, 8, 12) 
High School Transcript Study1
2018U.S. History (8) 
Civics (8) 
Geography (8) 
Technology and Engineering Literacy (8)
2017Mathematics (4, 8)Mathematics  
Reading (4, 8)
Reading 
Writing (4, 8)Writing
2016Arts (8)  
2015MathematicsMathematics  
ReadingReading 
ScienceScience (State only, no TUDA)
 
2014Civics (8)  
Geography (8)  
Technology and Engineering Literacy (8) 2  
U.S. History (8)  
2013Mathematics 3Mathematics (4,8,12) 
Reading 3
Reading (4,8,12) 
2012Economics (12)  Mathematics

Reading
2011Mathematics (4,8)Mathematics 
Reading (4,8)Reading 
Science (8)Science (8; state only) 
Writing (8,12) 2  
2010Civics  
Geography  
U.S. History  
2009Mathematics 2Mathematics (4,8,12) 23 
Reading 2 Reading (4,8,12) 23 

Science 2

Science 2 
High School Transcript Study 1   
2008Arts (8)  Mathematics

Reading
2007Mathematics (4,8)Mathematics 
Reading (4,8)Reading 
Writing (8,12)
Writing (8,12) 
2006Civics  
Economics (12)  
U.S. History  
2005Mathematics 2Mathematics 2 
ReadingReading 
ScienceScience 
High School Transcript Study 1  
2004  Mathematics

Reading
2003Mathematics (4,8)Mathematics 
Reading (4,8)Reading 
2002ReadingReading 
WritingWriting 
2001Geography  
U.S. History  
2000MathematicsMathematics 
Reading (4)Science
 
Science

 
1999 
 Mathematics

Reading

Science 4
1998Civics Reading
 
Reading Writing (8)
 
Writing
 
1997Arts (8)  
1996MathematicsMathematics
Mathematics
ScienceScience (8)Science

Reading

Writing 5
1994Geography Reading (4) 6
Mathematics
Reading
Reading
U.S. History
 Science

Writing
1992MathematicsMathematics 6 Mathematics
ReadingReading (4) 6Reading
Writing
 Writing

Science
1990MathematicsMathematics (8) 6 Mathematics
Reading Reading
Science Science
High School Transcript Study (12)1
 Writing
1988Civics

State assessments began in 1990

Civics 8
Document Literacy 7 Document Literacy
Geography 7 Geography
U.S. History
 
U.S. History
Reading
 Reading
Writing
 Writing
1986Computer Competence  Computer Competence
U.S. History 7 U.S. History
Literature 7 Literature
Mathematics Mathematics
Science Science 
Reading Reading9
1984Reading  Reading
Writing Writing
1981-1982 10Citizenship  Citizenship
Mathematics 
Mathematics
Science Science
Social Studies Social Studies
1979-1980Art  Art
Literature Literature
Reading Reading
1978-1979Art  Art
Music
 Music
Writing Writing
1977-1978Consumer Skills 7  Consumer Skills
Mathematics Mathematics
Citizenship/Social Studies 
 Citizenship/Social Studies
1976-1977Basic Life Skills 7  Basic Life Skills
Science Science
1975-1976Citizenship/Social Studies  Citizenship/Social Studies
Mathematics 7 
Mathematics
Citizenship/Social Studies 
 
1974-1975Art  Art
Index of Basic Skills Index of Basic Skills
Reading Reading
1973-1974Career/Occupational Development  Career/Occupational Development
Writing
 Writing
1972-1973Mathematics 
Mathematics
Science 
Science
1971-1972Music  Music
Social Studies Social Studies
1970-1971Literature  Literature
Reading Reading
1969-1970Citizenship  Citizenship
Science Science
Writing
 
Writing

1 The High School Transcript Study collects high school transcripts of high school seniors who graduated the year that the study was conducted.

2 An updated or new framework is planned for implementation in this subject. In the case of subjects for which frameworks are already adopted, the Board will decide whether a new or updated framework is needed for this assessment year. Note: The new framework for Mathematics 2009 was adopted for grade 12 only.

3 For 2009 and 2013, there was a pilot study of twelfth-grade state-level results, for which eleven to thirteen states volunteered.

4 After the 1999 long-term trend in science, it was determined that technical studies are required to enable necessary changes to the design and revisions to the item pool in order to maintain the long-term trend in this subject. New items will be developed and field tested for use in future assessments. For that reason, the science long-term trend assessment will not be given in 2004. For more information, see the National Assessment Governing Board policy PDF File (55 KB) on long-term trend assessments.

5 After 1996, long-term trend in writing was no longer reported because of technical reasons having to do with the relatively small number of writing prompts. See remarks by the commissioner.

6 State assessments in 1990–94 were referred to as trial state assessments (TSA).

7 This was a small, special-interest assessment administered to limited national samples at specific grades or ages and was not part of a main assessment. Note that this chart includes only assessments administered to in-school samples; not shown are several special NAEP assessments of adults.

8 Note that the civics assessment in 1988 is the third point in trend with citizenship/social studies in 1981-82 and in 1975-76.

9 The 1986 long-term trend reading assessment is not included on the trend line in reports because the results for this assessment were unusual. Further information on this reading anomaly is available in Beaton and Zwick (1990).

10 Explanation of format for year column: Before 1984, the main NAEP assessments were administered in fall of one year through spring of the next. Beginning with 1984, the main NAEP was administered after the new year in winter, although the assessments to measure long-term trend continued with their traditional administration in fall, winter, and spring. Because the main assessment is the largest component of NAEP, beginning with 1984 we have listed its administration year rather than the two years over which trend continued to be administered. Note also that the state component is administered at essentially the same time as the main NAEP.

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Assessment Policy

NAEP assessments began in 1969; the state assessments began in 1990. The Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) began in 2002. State results are released at the same time as the national results; district results are reported separately several weeks later.

The Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act of 2001 requires that NAEP:

  • must administer reading and mathematics assessments for grades 4 and 8 every other year in all states;
  • must test these subjects on a nationally representative basis at grade 12 at least as often as it has done in the past, or every four years;
  • must administer long–term trend assessments in reading and mathematics at ages 9, 13, and 17 (following the Governing Board policy PDF File (55 KB) for the long–term trend assessments); and
  • may conduct national and state assessments at grades 4, 8, and 12 in "additional subject matter, including writing, science, history, geography, civics, economics, foreign languages, and arts," provided funds are available.

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Last updated 10 July 2017 (DS)