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National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

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.

NAEP provides national, state, and some urban school district (TUDA) results as a regular part of the assessments (student and school-level results are never provided). However, entities such as state education agencies, local education agencies, consortia of local education agencies, or groups of schools that have a common purpose or mission (such as a group of parochial schools) can obtain NAEP results by funding the participation of additional students in the assessment through a program called Below-State NAEP. To be considered for Below-State NAEP participation, each entity must submit a request form by January 15 of the year prior to the assessment and a letter of intent to participate by February 15 of the year prior to the assessment. Participating entities must have a student enrollment of at least 1,500 students per subject, per grade, and must agree to follow all NAEP standards, procedures, and technical requirements. Even with Below-State NAEP, student and school-level results cannot be provided.

Below-State NAEP is different from TUDA. Districts participating in TUDA must meet certain requirements established by the Governing Board. Those districts are invited to participate, and the assessment is funded by the federal government. Additionally, unlike TUDA results, Below-State NAEP results are not reported to the general public by the federal government.

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