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Assessment Schedule

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) maintains the schedule for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessments and release of assessment results to the nation, states, and districts.

All assessments take place between January and March, except for long-term trend (LTT) assessments. LTT assessments take place from October to May when administered. Browse the calendar below, download a PDF version for printing, and visit the National Assessment Governing Board website for more information about the assessment schedule.

You can also explore a historical assessment calendar of past assessments.

2017 Assessment Calendar download (111 KB)
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
  • 2022
Subject or Study Grade Format Results1
1Results, depending on assessment, are released to the nation, states, and/or selected Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) districts
2Assessment will be administered via both tablet and paper and pencil to help evaluate any differences in student performance between the two types of administration. Each student will be assessed in one format only.
3Results will not be reported for pilot or field assessments or bridge studies. Information collected from these will be used to inform development and administration of future NAEP assessments.
Mathematics State/TUDA Validation 4, 8 Paper & pencil States and TUDA districts
Mathematics 4, 8 Digital Nation, states, and TUDA districts
Mathematics (Pilot) 4, 8 Digital N/A3
Mathematics Multi-stage Testing (MST) Study 4, 8 Digital Nation, states, and TUDA districts
Mathematics Puerto Rico/Knowledge and Skills Assessment (Pilot) 4, 8 Digital Nation
Reading State/TUDA Validation 4, 8 Paper & pencil States, and TUDA districts
Reading 4, 8 Digital Nation, states, and TUDA districts
Reading (Pilot) 4, 8 Digital N/A3
Oral Reading Fluency Study (Pilot) 4 Digital Nation
Writing Laptop Comparability Study 4, 8, 12 Digital Nation
Civics, Geography, U.S. History (Start-up) 8 Digital Nation
Civics, Geography, U.S. History (Pilot) 8 Digital Nation
Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) (Field Test) Age 15 Paper & pencil Nation
Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) (Pilot) 4, 8, 12 Digital Nation
Subject or Study Grade Format Results1
1Results, depending on assessment, are released to the nation, states, and/or selected Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) districts
2Assessment will be administered via both tablet and paper and pencil to help evaluate any differences in student performance between the two types of administration. Each student will be assessed in one format only.
3Results will not be reported for pilot or field assessments or bridge studies. Information collected from these will be used to inform development and administration of future NAEP assessments.
Mathematics (Pilot) 12 Digital N/A3
Reading Scenario-Based Tasks Study 4, 8, 12 Digital and paper & pencil2 Nation
Reading Computer Reading Fluency Study 4, 8 Digital N/A3
Reading (Pilot) 12 Digital Nation, states, and TUDA districts
Science Hybrid Hands-On Tasks (Pilot) 12 Digital Nation
Science Interactive Computer-Based tasks (Pilot) 4, 8 Digital N/A3
Science 4, 8, 12 Digital Nation, states
Civics, Geography, U.S. History Bridge Study 8 Paper & pencil Nation
Technology and Engineering Literacy 8, 12 Digital Nation, states
NAEP and National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS) Linking Study - - Nation
Program for International Student Assessment (Field Test) Age 15 Paper & pencil Nation
Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (Field Test) 4, 8, 12 Digital Nation
Subject or Study Grade Format Results1
1Results, depending on assessment, are released to the nation, states, and/or selected Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) districts
2Assessment will be administered via both tablet and paper and pencil to help evaluate any differences in student performance between the two types of administration. Each student will be assessed in one format only.
3Results will not be reported for pilot or field assessments or bridge studies. Information collected from these will be used to inform development and administration of future NAEP assessments.
Mathematics 4, 8 Digital Nation, states, and TUDA districts
Mathematics 12 Digital and paper & pencil Nation
Mathematics (Pilot) 4, 8 Digital N/A3
Reading 4, 8 Digital Nation, states, and TUDA districts
Reading 12 Digital and paper & pencil2 Nation
Reading (Pilot) 4, 8 Digital N/A3
Science 4, 8, 12 Digital and paper & pencil2 Nation
National Indian Education Study (NIES) 4, 8 Digital Nation, states
High School Transcript Study (HSTS) 12 - Nation
Middle School Transcript Study (MSTS) 8 - Nation
NAEP and National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS) Linking Study - - Nation
Computer Access Familiarity Study (CAFS) - - -
Socioeconomic Study Survey Questionnaire Study - - -
Subject or Study Grade Format Results1
1Results, depending on assessment, are released to the nation, states, and/or selected Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) districts
2Assessment will be administered via both tablet and paper and pencil to help evaluate any differences in student performance between the two types of administration. Each student will be assessed in one format only.
3Results will not be reported for pilot or field assessments or bridge studies. Information collected from these will be used to inform development and administration of future NAEP assessments.
Mathematics Scenario-Based Tasks Study (Pilot) 4, 8 Digital Nation
Writing 4, 8, 12 Digital Nation, states, and TUDA districts
Civics, Geography, U.S. History (Start-Up) 12 Digital Nation
Civics, Geography, U.S. History (Pilot) 8, 12 Digital Nation
Economics (Start-up) 12 Digital Nation
Economics (Pilot) 12 Digital Nation
Technology and Engineering Literacy (Pilot) 8, 12 Digital Nation
Program for International Student Assessment Age 15 Paper & pencil Nation
Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 4 Paper & pencil Nation
Subject or Study Grade Format Results1
1Results, depending on assessment, are released to the nation, states, and/or selected Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) districts
2Assessment will be administered via both tablet and paper and pencil to help evaluate any differences in student performance between the two types of administration. Each student will be assessed in one format only.
3Results will not be reported for pilot or field assessments or bridge studies. Information collected from these will be used to inform development and administration of future NAEP assessments.
Mathematics (includes Puerto Rico) 4, 8 Digital Nation, states, and TUDA districts
Mathematics (Pilot) 4, 8, 12 Digital N/A3
Reading 4, 8 Digital Nation, states, and TUDA districts
Reading 4, 8, 12 Digital N/A3
Science Hybrid Hands-On Tasks (Pilot) 4, 8, 12 Digital Nation, states, and TUDA districts
Science Interactive Computer Tasks (Pilot) 4, 8, 12 Digital Nation, states, and TUDA districts
Science (Pilot) 4, 8, 12 Digital N/A3
Writing 4, 8, 12 Digital Nation, states, and TUDA districts
Program for International Student Assessment (Adaptive) Age 15 Paper & pencil Nation
Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 4 Paper & pencil Nation
Subject or Study Grade Format Results1
1Results, depending on assessment, are released to the nation, states, and/or selected Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) districts
2Assessment will be administered via both tablet and paper and pencil to help evaluate any differences in student performance between the two types of administration. Each student will be assessed in one format only.
3Results will not be reported for pilot or field assessments or bridge studies. Information collected from these will be used to inform development and administration of future NAEP assessments.
Civics, Geography, U.S. History (Bridge Study) 12 Digital N/A3
Civics, Geography, U.S. History 8, 12 Digital Nation
Economics (Bridge Study) 12 Digital N/A3
Economics 12 Digital Nation
Technology and Engineering Literacy 8, 12 Digital Nation
Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (Field Test) 4, 8, 12 Digital N/A3

Last updated 14 August 2018 (DW)