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NAEP Assesses Mathematics

The results of the NAEP mathematics assessment present a broad view of what our nation's students know and can do in mathematics. The assessment measures students' knowledge and skills in mathematics and students' ability to apply their knowledge in problem-solving situations. Every two years, students at grades 4 and 8 are assessed in mathematics and reading, and students at grade 12 are assessed periodically. Results of the 2017 digitally based assessment in mathematics at grades 4 and 8 will be released in the winter of 2018. Results of the 2015 assessments at grades 4, 8, and 12 are available now at Links to the results are below. Find out more about the assessment and its framework. More information ...

Mathematics Results

Explore the results of the 2015 mathematics assessment at grades 4 and 8.

Explore the results of the 2015 mathematics assessment at grade 12.

Download a copy of the NAEP Mega-States report and explore the educational progress in the five most populous states in the nation in mathematics, reading, and science.View the online version of the Mega-States report.View the 2013 Puerto Rico mathematics report.

Mathematics Results In Your State

US map highlighting states


Do you have a special interest in the mathematics results of a particular state? The 2015 State Snapshots for grades 4 and 8, as well as individual State Profiles, are also available.

Spotlight on the Trial Urban District Assessment Results

Explore the results of the 2015 Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA), view individual district performance in the 2015 District Snapshots and District Profiles, and learn more About TUDA.

Long-Term Trends

Trends GraphSee results from the 2012 NAEP long-term trend assessments in mathematics.


This assessment uses different instruments and student samples from those used in the main assessment in mathematics. It is not possible to compare the results of the two assessments.

Learn about the differences between long-term trend and main NAEP.

How the NAEP Mathematics Assessment Works

Learn what the assessment measures and how it was developed.

Learn who took the assessment and how the assessment was administered.

Explore sample questions from NAEP mathematics assessments.

Find out what students know and can do by reading about the NAEP mathematics scale.

Gain a greater understanding of the mathematics scale by exploring the 2015 mathematics item map.

Find out what students should know and be able to do by viewing descriptions of the NAEP mathematics achievement levels.

Find out how to interpret the results of the assessment, including the potential effects of exclusion on assessment results.

Exploring NAEP Mathematics

Take a look at publications about NAEP mathematics.

Take a look at the NAEP schedule of assessments.

Using NAEP Data

Explore a wealth of NAEP data in the NAEP Data Explorer.Licensed researchers can explore restricted-use data for 2009 mathematics, grades 4 and 8 at national and state levels, and 2009 grade 12 mathematics and reading data at the national level. Other years and other NAEP microdata are also available.  

Last updated 02 June 2017 (JM)