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You 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 wakeup call—because it gives us a window into the state of our K-12 education system. The results provide educators, policymakers, elected officials, and parents across the country with invaluable information regarding how you and your peers are doing compared to other students in participating large urban districts, other states, and the nation.

When you participate, you are helping to inform decisions about how to improve the U.S. education system. Your participation can and often does lead to change.


Frequently Asked Questions

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

Why was I picked? Do you only pick a certain kind of student to test?
Will my performance affect my grade in school?
Will colleges or employers see my results?
Will I have to study for NAEP?
What's so special about NAEP? Why can't you use the scores from all of the other tests we take?
What kinds of questions will I be asked?
How long will the test take? Will I have to miss class time?
I typically get accommodations on tests that I take in my school. Will I be able to get those on NAEP as well?
English isn't my first language. Will I still be able to take NAEP?
All my friends are taking NAEP, but I wasn't selected. Can I still take NAEP?
How can I ask other questions or make suggestions about NAEP?

Last updated 23 February 2024 (DS)