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The Nation's Report Card: It's More Than Just a Test

Our children take tests for everything, but the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) - also called The Nation's Report Card - is unique.

The Nation's Report Card is a resource - a national wake up call - because it offers a window into the state of our K-12; education system and what our children are learning. The results provide educators, policymakers, elected officials, and parents across the country with invaluable information regarding how our children are doing compared to other children in large urban districts, other states, and the nation.

When our children participate in NAEP, they are helping to inform decisions about how to improve education in your state and in our country. The participation of your child can and often does lead to change.

Mother helping her daughter with homework.

What Do NAEP Results Tell Us About Education?

NAEP reports provide more than just results in school subjects and grades. NAEP results show us how student groups perform over time, which states and select urban districts are closing achievement gaps, academic trends over time, and how course taking and grades correlate with high school graduation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about what NAEP means for your student? Check out the most frequently submitted questions.

Why is this the first time I am hearing about NAEP?
When will my child take the test?
Does NAEP replace the state tests that my child takes every year?
Why doesn't NAEP test in every grade?
How was my child selected?
Does my child have to take NAEP?
Will taking NAEP affect my child's grade?
Will I get to see the results of my child's test?
How long does the assessment take?
Will my child's teacher spend class time helping students get for NAEP?
Where can I see the test my child will take?
May my child with disabilities participate in NAEP if her IEP doesn't specifically address NAEP?
Will my child be able to take NAEP if English is not my child's first language?
May my child take NAEP if he or she was not selected?
Where can I get additional information?
What if I want to make suggestions about the assessment?

Last updated 12 March 2024 (MB)