The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) U.S. history assessment is designed to measure students’ knowledge of U.S. history in the context of democracy, culture, technological and economic changes. The most recent U.S. history assessment was given in 2018 to approximately 16,400 students in grade 8.
The U.S. history framework organizes the assessment around: themes, time periods, and ways of knowing and thinking about American history. The framework also outlines what U.S. history knowledge and skills students should have to reach NAEP Basic, NAEP Proficient, and NAEP Advanced achievement. The U.S. history assessment is administered as a digitally based assessment. Survey questionnaires, administered to students, teachers, and school administrators who participate in a U.S. history assessment, are used to collect and report contextual information about students’ K-12 education and learning experience in and out of the classroom.
Academic achievement in U.S. history is presented in two ways on The Nation's Report Card: scale scores and NAEP achievement levels.
Item maps illustrate how specific U.S. history knowledge and skills correspond to different NAEP achievement levels. Item maps answer the question, “What assessment questions were likely to be answered correctly by students performing at the NAEP Basic, NAEP Proficient, and NAEP Advanced achievement levels?”
Find out how to interpret the results of the U.S. history assessment, including the potential effects of exclusion on assessment results.Learn More