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National Assessment of Educational Progress

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history.

For the most recent results of assessments, visit the Nation's Report Card website ( To see NAEP data, information about the NAEP program, and a schedule of future and past assessments and studies, explore this website (

NAEP does not provide scores for individual students or schools; instead, it offers results regarding subject-matter achievement, instructional experiences, and school environment for populations of students (e.g., fourth-graders) and groups within those populations (e.g., female students, Hispanic students). NAEP results are based on a sample of student populations of interest.

National NAEP reports information for the nation and specific geographic regions of the country. It includes students drawn from both public and nonpublic schools and reports results for student achievement at grades 4, 8, and 12.

Since 1990, many NAEP assessments have been conducted to give results for participating states. Those that choose to participate receive assessment results that report on the performance of students in that state.   Beginning with the 2002 assessments, a combined sample of public schools was selected for both state and national NAEP.  NAEP assessments with state components are mathematics, reading, science, and writing for grades 4 and 8. Results for each participating state may be found using the State Profiles tool.

NAEP long-term trend (LTT) assessments are designed to give information on the changes in academic performance of America's youth. They are administered nationally every four years (but are not reported at state or district level) and report student performance at ages 9, 13, and 17 in mathematics and reading.

The Nation's Report Card On this site you will find a link to sample test items, state profiles, data analysis tools, and publications. On this site you will be able to make comparisons of demographic groups between Nebraska and other states.

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