National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subjects.
NAEP, also known as “The Nation’s Report Card,” is a program of the US Department of Education that provides information on state and national student achievement. It also provides information on how student achievement has changed over time. NAEP conducts state and large-district assessments in grades four and eight and national assessments in grades four, eight, and twelve. Results are based on a representative sample of students, and individual student or school results are not provided. In California, district-level results are available only for Fresno Unified School District (USD) through 2019, Los Angeles USD, and San Diego USD.
NAEP – CalEdFacts provides a more detailed overview of the test.
Resources and Communication Materials
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Parents and Student Resources
NAEP Brochure for Parents (PDF)
What Every Parent Should Know About NAEP
Lo que cada padre debe saber acerca de NAEP (PDF)
District and School Resources
NAEP 2023 Facts for Districts (PDF)
NAEP State Assessment Sample Design FAQs
NAEP Sampling Fact Sheet (PDF)
Inclusion of Students with Disabilities and English Learners
Scores and Results Reporting
Laws, Regulations, and Requirements
NAEP is guided by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 and the NAEP Authorization Act (part of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002) as well as by policies enacted by the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB). These laws require that states and districts receiving Title 1 federal funding participate in NAEP reading and mathematics assessments in grades four and eight. Assessments in other subjects, and in grade twelve, are optional.
The exact wording of ESSA of 2015 can be found in Public Law 114-95 (PDF). The exact wording of the NAEP Authorization can be found in Public Law 107-219 (PDF).
The NAGB is an independent, bipartisan group whose members include governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators, business representatives, and members of the general public. Congress created the 26-member Governing Board in 1988 to set policy for NAEP.
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