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. Visit NAEP's website for more information about NAEP.
Beginning with the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 2002 and continuing with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015, states applying for Title I funds must include in their applications an assurance that they will comply with all requirements of ESSA, including participation in biennial NAEP mathematics and reading assessments at grades 4 and 8.
To find out how Texas students performed on NAEP, please visit The Nations Report Card.
NAEP 2022 - 2023
In fall 2022, NAEP will administer long-term trend assessments in mathematics and reading to 13-year-old students. The data collected from long-term trend can be linked to NAEP assessments conducted since the early 1970s to measure progress over time. National-level results will be released as The Nation’s Report Card.
In 2023, NCES will administer a NAEP field test at grade 4, 8, and 12 in mathematics, reading and science between March 20 and April 14, 2023. The NAEP 2023 field test will explore an online assessment platform and transition to different devices, such as Chromebooks, that may be more familiar to students. Results from the field test will not be publicly released, but will be used to inform future NAEP assessments.
Exploring On Your Own
Need to analyze National Assessment of Educational Progress data using graphs and charts? Want to view test design and sample items? Need to compare achievement between states and demographic groups?
Use the links below to find more information on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
- Learn more about the National Assessment Governing Board who oversees NAEP (external link)
- View the latest NAEP News (external link)
- NAEP Assessment Schedule(external link)
- NAEP FAQs (external link)