Resources for Schools

NAEP Resources for Parents and Schools

Preparing for NAEP 2017:

Recruiting Field Staff for Nebraska NAEP

An overview of NAEP

2017 NAEP State Guide

Facts for Districts

2017 Facts for Principals – Math and Reading

2017 Facts for Principals – Writing and Digitally- Based Assessments

Inclusion Fact Sheet

NAEP Tools on the Web

Parent Brochure

Sampling Fact Sheet

2017 NAEP Questionnaires






Sample Question Booklets:

Sample Questions Booklet Grade 4

Sample Questions Booklet Grade 8

Sample Questions Booklet Grade 12

Important links:

Why NAEP participation is important:

Parent’s FAQ:

Official Site of “The Nation’s Report Card”:

Information for selected schools:

Sample test booklets:

ESEA Legislation pertinent NAEP:

NAEP Inclusion Policy:

How NAEP samples are selected:

About NAEP Samples FAQ:

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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National Assessment of Educational Progress

What is NAEP?

While states have their own unique assessments with different content standards, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), provides a “common yardstick” to measure what students across the nation know and can do. NAEP assessments cover ten subject areas, including mathematics, reading, writing, and science. The results of these tests are reported in the Nation’s Report Card.

NAEP provides useful information about student academic achievement at the national and state level. Reporting for a NAEP “National Year” gives a broad view of what students in the nation know and are able to do. National Year assessments are given in years that end with an even number and cover a variety of content areas. Odd numbered years are “State Years.” State Year NAEP assessments primarily cover the content areas of reading and math. State level results allow us to learn more about student achievement in Nebraska, while also allowing for comparisons between our state and the nation.

Why Is NAEP Important?

Established by Congress in 1969, NAEP was created to provide a common assessment for accurately evaluating the performance of American students. More recently, the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) required the NAEP assessment to be given in reading and mathematics at grades 4 and 8. Information about NAEP results is included every other year in each state’s annual report card.  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.

Who takes NAEP?


Every year a sample of students is drawn to represent the entire student population in grades 4 and 8.  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.

Since 1992, anywhere from 24 to 350 schools in Nebraska have participated in NAEP. State Years require a much larger sample of Nebraska students than do National Years. 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 2017?

In 2017, NAEP reported at the state level. The assessments  transitioned to digitally based in reading and math at grades 4 and 8. A smaller number of students took a paper/pencil version of the assessment so that the impact of change in test-taking modes could be examined.  Results from NAEP 2017 will be released sometime during the spring of 2018.




Nebraska NAEP Snapshot Reports

The State Snapshot using information from the Nation’s Report Card provides a profile of Nebraska’s assessment results for selected years (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015).  It allows the user to get the facts about how Nebraska students performed on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests.

2015 NAEP Results-Nebraska Snapshots:

2013 NAEP Results-Nebraska Snapshots:

2011 NAEP Results – Nebraska Snapshots:


2009 NAEP Results -Nebraska Snapshots:

2007 NAEP Results – Nebraska Snapshots:

All documents are in PDF format.

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