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NAEP Participation

Why Your Participation Matters

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. 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 participating large urban districts, other states, and the nation. The current NAEP 2022 schedule includes assessing students in schools across the country in Mathematics and Reading at grades 4 and 8, Civics and U.S. History at grade 8, and Long-Term Trend for age 9.

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NAEP 2022 & COVID-19

NCES realizes that the COVID-19 variant may pose challenges for schools, students, families, and staff this academic year. Please know that our NAEP representatives’ top priority is to protect the health and safety of students and school staff. As in previous years, NAEP representatives will continue to provide support to schools by administering the assessment and bringing all necessary materials and equipment, including sanitized tablets on which students take the assessment. NAEP representatives entering schools will meet or exceed all mandated COVID-19 and PPE protocols. Please refer to the COVID-19 Protocols Brochure below for additional information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Explore frequently asked questions about participating in NAEP, or download a PDF Click to open pdf. for viewing and printing.

How is NAEP different from other tests?
How are students and schools selected?
Is participation voluntary?
How does NAEP include students with disabilities and English learners?
What are students and schools asked to do before and during the assessment?
What kinds of questions will be asked?
Where do I find the results?
Are individual student results reported?
How is my state or district performing?
What if I have more questions?

Schedule of Assessments

See a calendar of upcoming NAEP assessments and activities.

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Last updated 15 December 2021 (DS)