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The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only ongoing, nationally representative assessment designed to evaluate what America’s students know and can do in a variety of subjects, such as reading, writing, mathematics, and science. Also known as the Nation’s Report Card, NAEP was established by Congress in 1969 and is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, a division of the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

California's schools have always been active participants in NAEP. Approximately 220 school districts and 740 schools in California participated in NAEP during the 2012-13 school year. NAEP 2013 included operational assessments in reading and mathematics for grades four, eight, and twelve. Results will be provided at the state and national levels for grades four and eight and at the national level only for grade twelve. Additionally, school districts that are part of the NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) program will receive district-level results for grades four and eight. Results are expected to be released in fall 2013.

Results from all of the latest state NAEP assessments are available on the CDE NAEP Web page. NAEP results for all states and the nation, as well as a schedule of all NAEP assessments, are available on the ED’s NAEP Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

For more information regarding the NAEP, please contact Julie Williams, State NAEP Coordinator, Assessment and Accountability Division, by phone at 916-319-0408 or by e-mail at naep@cde.ca.gov or visit the aforementioned Web pages.

Questions: Julie Williams | julwilli@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0408 
Last Reviewed: Friday, December 16, 2016
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