National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP)
What is NAEP?
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), first administered in 1969, is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation’s students know and can do in subjects such as mathematics, reading, science, and writing. Standard administration practices are implemented to provide a common measure of student achievement. Other subjects such as the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history are assessed periodically.
American Indian and Alaska Native students selected to participate in the NAEP 2011 reading and mathematics assessment at grades 4 and 8, will also participate in the National Indian Education Study (NIES) by completing a short survey. NIES describes the condition of education for American Indian and Alaska Native students in the United States.
More NAEP Information
NAEP Results Reports
Resources & Tools
Contact Paula Hutton
Maine State NAEP Coordinator
News and Information
Ensuring NAEP Integrity and Test Security (10/31/11)
NAEP employs multiple security procedures in all NAEP assessments to protect the integrity of the results across the nation. The Integrity of NAEP Fact Sheet identifies some questions regarding possible threats to assessment security and explains how NAEP implements a set of quality control procedures in areas such as sampling and test administration to ensure a high level of test security.
Click here to download or view the fact sheet. (PDF)
NAEP Online Resources for 2013
NAEP News for September 2010 - PDF
Overview of NAEP Final May 2009 - PDF
Measure Up Newsletters
Thanks so much to the thirty-four schools that participated in NAEP 2012:
The NAEP assessment is a bit like Thanksgiving dinner - there’s a lot of planning and preparation, but the event itself is over before you know it!
Thank you for all your hard work and for making the 2011-2012 administration a success.
Paula Hutton, Maine NAEP Coordinator
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What is NAEP? (cont.)
Teachers, principals, parents, policymakers, and researchers all use NAEP results to assess progress and develop ways to improve education in the United States. The results of NAEP are released as The Nation’s Report Card. The report cards provide national, state, and district-level results for select urban districts, results for different demographic groups, results on scale scores and achievement levels, and sample questions.
NAEP is a congressionally mandated project administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is an essential measurement of student achievement in the United States.
- NAEP, first administered in 1969, is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation's students know and can do in core subjects such as mathematics, reading, science, and writing.
- NAEP is a congressionally authorized project of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education.
- The schools and students participating in NAEP represent other schools and students across the country.
- NAEP is considered the gold standard of assessments because of its high technical quality. From developing frameworks and questions to the reporting of results, NAEP represents the best thinking of assessment and content specialists, state education staff, and teachers from around the nation.
- NAEP monitors academic progress over time and reports on student achievement nationally.
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