The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) geography assessment presents a broad view of what our nation’s students know and can do in geography. The assessment is administered to students at grades 4, 8, and 12. The most recent geography assessment was given in 2018 to approximately 12,900 students in grade 8.
The geography assessment measures the knowledge of world geography in three content areas (space and place, environment and society, and spatial dynamics and connections) and three cognitive areas (knowing, understanding, and applying). The framework also outlines what geography knowledge and skills students should have to reach NAEP Basic, NAEP Proficient, and NAEP Advanced achievement. The geography assessment is administered as a digitally based assessment. Survey questionnaires, administered to students, teachers, and school administrators who participate in a geography assessment, are used to collect and report contextual information about students’ K-12 education and learning experience in and out of the classroom.
Academic achievement in geography is reported in two ways on The Nation's Report Card: scale scores and NAEP achievement levels.
Item maps illustrate how specific geography 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 geography assessment, including the potential effects of exclusion on assessment results.Learn More