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You Are Essential Partners in NAEP

As a teacher, my constant focus is to help students make progress in the classroom. NAEP helps with this mission by creating a common measure of student achievement across the country.

- Iris Garcia, Teacher, Biscayne Elementary Community School, Miami Beach, Fl.


As school administrators, you are essential partners in NAEP. You select and empower a NAEP school coordinator, meet with teachers and students who will participate in the assessment, complete a questionnaire, and encourage your students to participate and do their best.

As teachers, you make an important contribution by completing a teacher survey questionnaire and encouraging your students to participate and give their full effort. When students take part in NAEP, we get the most accurate measure possible of student achievement across the country.

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.

Has Your School Been Selected?

If your school has been selected to participate in NAEP, here is what you need to know.

  • NAEP's goal is minimal disruption to teachers and students.
  • NAEP representatives conduct the assessment and they lessen the burden on schools by providing support leading up to and on assessment day.
  • Student testing time is about 90 minutes.
  • NAEP reports on results for different demographic groups. There are no results for individual students, classrooms, or schools. No one involved in NAEP administration keeps personal information on participation after the assessments are completed.
  • Students, teachers, and school administrators are asked to complete survey questionnaires. These help provide a better understanding of educational experience and factors that may be related to students' learning.
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Last updated 06 June 2022 (DS)