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Writing Assessment

The writing assessment was designed to measure students' ability to write for specified purposes (to persuade, to explain, or to convey experience) and audiences. Results of the 2017 writing assessment will be published in late 2018. Results of the 2011 NAEP computer-based writing assessment, administered to students in grades 8 and 12 throughout the United States, are now available. This is the first time the writing assessment was delivered via computer. Explore the tutorials describing this innovative assessment. Learn more ...

2011 Writing results

NAEP 2011 Writing Report Card

Explore the results from the 2011 writing assessment.

Download a copy of the Writing Report Card.

Exploring NAEP Writing

Take a look at publications about NAEP writing.Review the Performance of Fourth-Grade Students on the 2012 NAEP Computer-Based Pilot Writing Assessment.
Review lessons learned from NAEP’s 2012 Grade 4 Writing Computer-Based Assessment pilot study. Read Ideas for Planning and Reviewing Your Writing, a handout given to students taking the 2011 writing assessment at grade 8 PDF file (1.2 KB) and grade 12 PDF file (1.2 KB). Take a look at the NAEP schedule of assessments.

Spotlight on the State Assessment

US map highlighting statesSpotlight on the State Assessment

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

Spotlight on the Trial Urban District Assessment

How the NAEP Writing Assessment Works

Learn what the assessment measures and how it was developed. Learn who took the assessment and how it was administered. Explore sample questions from the assessment, and see how they were scored. Find out what students know and can do by looking at the NAEP writing scale. Find out what students should know and be able to do by viewing the NAEP writing achievement levels. Find out how to interpret the results of the assessment, including the potential effects of exclusion on assessment results.

Using NAEP Data

Explore a wealth of NAEP data, in the NAEP Data Explorer. Writing 2007 restricted-use data are available for licensed researchers; other years and other NAEP microdata are also available.

Last updated 18 December 2017 (JA)