The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) civics assessment is designed to measure the civics knowledge and skills that are critical to the responsibilities of citizenship in the constitutional democracy of the United States. The assessment is administered to students at grades 4, 8, and 12. The most recent civics assessment was given in 2018 to approximately 13,400 students in grade 8.
The civics framework recommends that the assessment be organized around three main components: knowledge, intellectual and participatory skills, and civic dispositions. The framework also outlines what civics knowledge and skills students should have to reach NAEP Basic, NAEP Proficient, and NAEP Advanced achievement. The civics assessment is administered to students as a digitally based assessment. Survey questionnaires, administered to students, teachers, and school administrators who participate in a civics assessment, are used to collect and report contextual information about students’ K-12 education and learning experience in and out of the classroom.
Student performance on the NAEP civics assessment is reported in two ways on The Nation's Report Card: scale scores and NAEP achievement levels.
Item maps illustrate how specific civics knowledge and skills correspond to the NAEP achievement levels. Item maps answer the question, “What assessment questions were likely to be answered correctly by students performing at the NAEP Basic, NAEP Proficient, and NAEP Advanced achievement levels?”
Find out how to interpret the results of the civics assessment, including the potential effects of exclusion on assessment results.Learn More