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Assessment in a classroom.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)—a congressionally mandated project administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)—consists of assessments in various subject areas. NAEP offers results for

  • mathematics, reading, science, writing, technology and engineering literacy, arts, civics, geography, economics, and U.S. history;
  • grades 4, 8, and 12;
  • jurisdictions (states and selected districts); and
  • student performance in the context of gender, race/ethnicity, public or private school, teacher experience, and hundreds of other factors.

Assessment Frameworks

Each NAEP assessment is based on an organizing framework, similar to a blueprint, that is developed by education and assessment experts. Frameworks provide information about the content to be assessed in each subject and what knowledge and skills are appropriate for students being assessed in those subjects. The frameworks also offer insights about how to measure skills in innovative ways.

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Intended Meaning of NAEP

NAEP results describe educational achievement for groups of students at a single point in time, progress in educational achievement for groups of students over time, and differential educational achievement and progress among jurisdictions and subpopulations. Consult this useful statement to learn more about the intended meaning of NAEP results.

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Last updated 16 April 2020 (DS)