National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
What is NAEP?
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as "the Nation's Report Card," is designed to measure what students across the nation know and can do in ten subject areas, including mathematics, reading, writing, and science. The results of these tests are reported in the Nation’s Report Card. There are two essential components of NAEP; Main, and Long-term Trend.
Main NAEP provides useful information about student academic achievement at the national and state level. State level results allow us to learn more about student achievement in Nebraska, while also allowing for comparisons between our state and the nation.
Long-Term Trend NAEP, administered every four years, is designed around math and reading content frameworks that have remained virtually unchanged since the early 1970’s. This stability in frameworks is essential to Long-Term Trend NAEP as it provides policy makers with information about student learning over time.
Why Is NAEP Important?
Established by Congress in 1969, NAEP was created to provide a common national yardstick for accurately evaluating the performance of American students.
Who takes NAEP?
Each year a sample of students is drawn to represent the entire student population in grades four and eight. NAEP assessments are administered to this sample of students, rather than the entire population. This sampling greatly reduces the cost of testing and significantly reduces the burden placed on school staff, while still providing highly reliable results.
Each year since 1992, anywhere from 24 to 350 schools in Nebraska have participated in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
Test scores are always kept confidential. Performance on NAEP is never reported for individual students, schools, or districts.
What NAEP assessments were given in Nebraska in 2011?
In spring 2011 NAEP administered state and national assessments in reading and mathematics at grades 4 and 8, and science at grade 8.
A small sample of Nebraska schools also participated in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) in spring 2011.
Must schools participate in NAEP?
Yes. Federal law requires that states and districts receiving Title I funding participate in the State NAEP reading and mathematics assessments in grades 4 and 8 every two years.