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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about what NAEP means for your student? Check out the most frequently submitted questions or download a PDFClick to open pdf. for printing.

What subjects does NCES assess with NAEP?
Why has NAEP transitioned to digitally based assessments instead of remaining paper-and-pencil based?
What is the difference between NAEP and standardized state assessments?
How are the questions on the assessment developed?
How are schools and students selected to participate in NAEP?
How many students participate in each assessment?
Why is participation in NAEP important?
How are students with disabilities and English learners included in the assessment?
Do students require specific instruction for taking an assessment on a tablet?
How is my state or district performing?
Are the data confidential?
Are results for individual students and schools reported?

Last updated 07 April 2022 (AA)