ERIC Number: ED337501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
National Assessment of Educational Progress.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
This brochure describes the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a program that aims to improve the effectiveness of the nation's schools by making objective information about student performance in selected learning areas available to policymakers at the national, regional, state, and local levels. Commonly known as the "Nation's Report Card," the NAEP is the only ongoing, comparable, and representative assessment of what United States students know and can do. The National Education Goals Panel, established as part of the "America 2000" strategy, is working on ways to use the NAEP data to describe progress toward student achievement. The NAEP is congressionally mandated to report on student achievement in grades 4, 8, and 12. Every 2 years, representative samples of more than 120,000 students provide information. A new dimension has been added to the NAEP through the Trial State Assessment, a voluntary state level assessment of eighth-grade mathematics. This allows states to compare their own achievements over time or to compare the mathematics proficiency of their students with those of other states or the nation as a whole. The NAEP does not promote a national curriculum, but it does represent what subject-matter experts agree students might be expected to know and be able to do. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Fact Sheets; National Assessment of Educational Progress