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ERIC Number: ED544182
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
National Assessment of Educational Progress: An Overview of NAEP. NCES 2013-455
National Center for Education Statistics
This document provides an overview of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students in the United States know and can do in various subjects. NAEP serves a different role than state assessments. States have their own unique assessments which are designed to provide individual student data about achievement on different content standards. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) administers the same NAEP assessment in every state. This provides a common measure of achievement that allows for comparisons of achievement to the nation and among states and participating urban districts. NAEP does not report results for individual students. Unlike state assessments, students, teachers, and principals who participate in NAEP are also asked to complete contextual questionnaires. This information provides a better understanding of students’ educational experiences and factors that may be related to their learning. Main NAEP assessments are conducted in a range of subjects with fourth-, eighth-, and twelfth-grade students across the country. Mathematics and reading are assessed every two years, and science and writing are assessed every four years. Other subjects are assessed periodically, including the arts, civics, economics, geography, technology and engineering literacy, and U.S. history. [This publication was produced in collaboration with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).]
National Center for Education Statistics. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4; Grade 8; Grade 12
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress
IES Funded: Yes