National Assessment of Educational Progress

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the "Nation's Report Card," is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in reading, mathematics, and many other academic subjects. NAEP is a program of the U.S. 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 assessments at grades 4 and 8. They also conduct national assessments at grades 4, 8, and 12. In addition, they conduct long-term trend assessments for 9, 13 and 17-year-old students every four years. For more informational about NAEP, visit

The No Child Left Behind Act, passed by Congress in 2001, requires that states and districts receiving Title I federal funding to aid educationally disadvantaged students participate in NAEP reading and mathematics assessments at grades 4 and 8. Assessments in other subject areas, and at grade 12, are optional.

To find out how Texas students performed on NAEP assessments, please visit Nations Report Card

NAEP 2022

The 2022 program will include grade-based assessments—referred to as main NAEP—for grades 4 and 8, as well as the long-term trend assessment for 9-year-olds. The table below provides further information.

Age or Grade Type of NAEP Assessment Subject Format Assessment Window
Grade 4 Main Mathematics, Reading Tablet January 24-March 4, 2022
Grade 8 Main Civics, Mathematics, Reading, U.S. History Tablet January 24-March 4, 2022
Age 9 Long-term trend Mathematics, Reading Paper and Pencil January 10-March 18, 2022


Results will be released at the national, state, and select urban district levels for the mathematics and reading assessments at grades 4 and 8. National results will be released for the civics and U.S. history assessments at grade 8 and the long-term trend assessment at age 9. 

Students, teachers, and principals participating in main NAEP will also be asked to complete survey questionnaires to provide a better understanding of factors that may be related to students’ learning. There is no teacher questionnaire in the long-term trend assessment, but a school questionnaire will be administered.

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Use the links below to find more information on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Contact Information

For additional information, contact TEA using the Student Assessment Help Desk or call 512-463-9536.