National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

  • What is NAEP?

    NAEP is a national assessment that allows educational achievement to be compared across states. States select the districts that participate in these and other subjects for nationwide comparison. Assessments are conducted periodically in science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history. 

    Who takes NAEP?

    The Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires the NAEP assessment be given in reading and mathematics at grades 4 and 8 every two years. States and school districts that receive Title I federal funding must participate in these assessments and pilot assessments in other years.

    Rather than testing all students, NAEP statisticians select a sample of students to represent the entire student population in grades four, eight, and twelve at the state or national level.

    When is NAEP administered?

    The testing window for NAEP goes from late January to early March.