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State Assessments

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports results at the state level, most often in grades 4 and 8, in four subjects—mathematics, reading, science, and writing. Because NCES administers the same assessment in every state, NAEP provides a common measure for student achievement in public schools across the country.

With state-level NAEP results, states can monitor changes in their students’ performance over time and compare the knowledge and skills of their students with students in other states and across the nation. States can also examine and compare information about their students’ learning experiences in and out of the classroom, which is collected via NAEP survey questionnaires.

State-level NAEP assessments are not designed to provide individual scores for the students, schools, or districts assessed. Results are reported for populations of students (e.g., fourth-graders) and student groups of those populations (e.g., male students, Hispanic students, etc.).

How Is Your State Performing?

See snapshots of individual state performance in recent mathematics, reading, science, and writing assessments:

State Data Tools

Use the State Profiles tool to find key data about your state and see tables and maps that compare the results of states/jurisdictions.

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Assessment Content

Each NAEP assessment is based on an organizing framework, similar to a blueprint, that is developed by education and assessment experts. Frameworks provide information about the content to be assessed in each subject and what knowledge and skills are appropriate for students being assessed in those subjects. The frameworks also offer insights about how to measure skills in innovative ways. Survey questionnaires, administered to students, teachers, and school administrators who participate in an assessment, are used to collect and report contextual information about students’ learning experience in and out of the classroom. Read the frameworks below for mathematics, reading, science, and writing, and explore survey questionnaires.

Sample Questions

Explore sample questions from the mathematics, reading, science, and writing assessments. You can also see scorer comments, the percentage of students nationwide who answered each question correctly, and how students’ performance on a given question corresponds to their overall scores.

Differences between NAEP and State Assessments

NAEP is different from state assessments that are administered to measure student performance based on state academic content standards at varying grade levels. Understanding the similarities and differences between NAEP and these assessments is critical for policymakers, researchers, and educators as they work to improve education in the United States.

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Last updated 17 September 2018 (AA)