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NAEP Technical DocumentationNational Main Assessments

National main assessments are based on national probability samples of schools and students that allow for national and regional reporting only. The target grades are 4, 8, and 12. Prior to 2002, national main assessments were conducted during the 12 weeks from early January through late March. Since 2002, assessments have been conducted during the six weeks from late January through early March.

National main assessments are based on subject area frameworks developed by the National Assessment Governing Board. NAEP assesses and reports results for the following subject areas:

Future NAEP assessments may include foreign language or world history.

Last updated 15 July 2014 (GF)