"The Nation's Report Card describes student achievement in ways that inform policymakers and educators. It's a really valuable resource."
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation's students know and can do in core subjects. NAEP is congressionally mandated, and was first administered in 1969 to measure student achievement nationally. Teachers, principals, parents, policymakers, and researchers all use NAEP results to assess progress and develop ways to improve education in the United States.
NAEP reports on student achievement, instructional experiences, and school environment factors across the nation. It is the only measure of how the nation's students are performing in various subject areas and informs us how student performance has changed over time. The NAEP results are reported as The Nation's Report Card.
It is important that all selected schools and students participate in NAEP. Full participation of all selected students and schools enables NAEP to provide the most accurate and representative picture of student academic performance. Elected officials, policymakers, and educators all use NAEP results to develop ways to improve education. Since NAEP is not designed to report results for individuals or schools, it is not necessary to assess every student in every school. Instead, an accurate picture of student performance is obtained by administering NAEP to a sample of students who represent the student population.
To ensure that a representative sample of students is assessed, NAEP is given in a sample of schools whose students reflect the varying demographics of a specific jurisdiction, be it the nation, a state, or a district. Within each selected school and grade to be assessed, students are chosen at random to participate in NAEP. Every student has the same chance of being chosen—regardless of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, status as an English language learner, grades, or any other factors.
"I was very impressed with NAEP's implementation. All the parents, teachers, and the children at the school felt very comfortable."
The program for NAEP 2014 consists of grade 8 operational assessments in civics, geography, U.S. history, and technology and engineering literacy (or TEL) in both public and private schools, and a pilot study in science at grades 4 and 12 in public schools only and at grade 8 in both public and private schools. Results from the pilots will not be released; however, information collected from the pilots is used to prepare for future NAEP assessments The social studies and science assessments will be administered via paper and pencil.
In 2014, the technology and engineering literacy (TEL) assessment will be operational for the first time. In addition to civics, geography, U.S. history, and the science pilot, the TEL assessment will also be conducted at grade 8 on computers provided by NAEP representatives. TEL measures students’ capacity to use, understand, and evaluate technology, as well as to understand technological principles and strategies that would be applied to real life situations. See more information and resources for the TEL assessment, including an overview video, tutorial, and framework.
See the the complete library of released hands-on-tasks (HOTs).Through HOTs, students have the opportunity to physically manipulate objects and perform actual experiments. Each task allows students to demonstrate how well they are able to plan and conduct scientific investigations, reason through complex problems, and apply their knowledge in real-world contexts.
"NAEP makes state-to-state comparisons reliable. Right now every state has different state standards and different criteria for meeting those standards."