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Science Assessment

The results of the NAEP science assessment present a broad view of what our nation's students know and can do in science. The assessment is designed to measure students' knowledge and abilities in the areas of physical science, life science, and Earth and space sciences. Links to 2015 results are below. Find out more about the assessment and its framework. More information...

Science Results

Explore the results of the 2015 science assessment. Examine the results of the hands-on and interactive computer tasks from the 2009 science assessment. Download a copy of the 2009 Science in Action: Hands-On and Interactive Computer Tasks report Download 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.

Exploring NAEP Science

Take a look at publications about NAEP science.Read the executive summary PDF File (531 KB) for A Comparison Between the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Frameworks in Science, Technology and Engineering Literacy, and Mathematics and download the technical reportPDF File (2.4 MB) and the highlights reportPDF File (1.0 MB).

Using NAEP Data

Explore NAEP science assessment data on the NAEP Data Explorer.Licensed researchers can explore restricted-use data for 2009 science, grades 4 and 8 at national and state levels, and grade 12 at the national level. Other years and other NAEP microdata are also available.

Science Results in Your State


Do you have a special interest in the state-level science assessment and results for your particular state? If so, here's the place to begin.

Spotlight on the Trial Urban District Assessment

Results of the 2009 Trial Urban District Assessment in science are now available.

How the NAEP Science Assessment Works

Learn about what the assessment measures and how it was developed.Learn about who took the assessment and how it was administered.Explore sample questions from NAEP science assessments. Find out what students know and can do by looking at the NAEP science scale. Gain a greater understanding of the science scale by exploring the 2015 science item map. Find out what students should know and be able to do by viewing NAEP science achievement levels.Find out how to interpret the results of the science assessment, including the potential effects of exclusion on assessment results.

Last updated 19 October 2016 (FW)