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National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a program of the U.S. Department of Education. It is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students in the United States know and can do in various subject areas.

Commonly called The Nation's Report Card, NAEP is the only test in the United States that allows comparisons of the performance of students in Washington with performance of students nationally. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history.

OSPI is responsible for the administration and coordination of the NAEP assessments across Washington state. A total of 320 schools in Washington will be participating in the 2011 NAEP assessments in Grades 4, 8 and 12. The assessments will be conducted in Reading, Mathematics, Science, Economics and computer-based Writing and Mathematics assessments.

The Federal No Child Left Behind Act 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 to help students in high poverty areas must participate in these assessments, and their pilot assessments.


NAEP is:

  • A national assessment that allows educational achievement to be compared across states;
  • An assessment that identifies the percentages of students in the nation who meet standards for Advanced, Proficient, or Basic performance in a variety of subjects:
  • A yardstick that state educators, legislators, and governors can use to gauge the effectiveness of state educational policies;
  • A measurement tool that members of Congress and the President can use to review student progress over time; and,
  • A source of information that allows parents to assess the academic performance of students in Washington and as a nation as a whole.

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