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October 28, 2015
2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Grades 4 and 8 Mathematics and Reading – The NAEP assessments were administered in early 2015 to 279,000 fourth-graders and 273,000 eighth-graders. The results for the nation include both public and private school students. At the state level, results are for public schools only, for all 50 states, along with the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity, which are treated as states for comparison purposes.
July 9, 2015
Mapping State Proficiency Standards Onto NAEP Scales: Results from the 2013 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Assessments – For more than a decade, stakeholders in U.S. education have been asking important questions about what it means to be proficient academically. How does our state assessment measure up to other state assessments? Are my state’s expectations of proficiency different from those in other states, or from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)?
April 29, 2015
The Nation's Report Card: 2014 U.S. History, Geography, and Civics at Grade 8 – Today I am releasing the results of the 2014 U.S. history, geography, and civics assessments of eighth-graders from the National Assessment of Educational Progress—The Nation's Report Card. The NAEP social science assessments help us measure students’ understanding of the origins and evolution of the nation; their ability to seek and systematically apply the knowledge and skills of geography in life situations; and their understanding of American government and the workings of a civil society. The last time NAEP assessed students in these three subjects was 2010. For the first time these results and more are available in an online interactive report.
March 12, 2015
NAEP Mathematics in Puerto Rico: 2013 – In 2013, representative samples of approximately 4,600 fourth-grade students from 150 public schools and 5,200 eighth-grade students from 120 public schools in Puerto Rico participated in a Spanish-language version of the NAEP mathematics assessment. In both 2011 and 2013, the regular operational sections of the mathematics assessment were augmented with special sections of mathematics questions to better measure both more precisely and reliably the full range of mathematical abilities. Fourth- and eighth-grade students in Puerto Rico also participated in NAEP mathematics assessments in 2003, 2005, and 2007. Because of issues such as relatively large portions of omitted responses and incorrect responses, results from these earlier assessments cannot be compared to 2011 and 2013.

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