National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the nation’s only ongoing representative survey of student achievement in core subject areas. NAEP measures what students across the country know and can do in 10 subject areas, including mathematics, reading, writing, and science. NAEP provides useful information about student academic achievement at the state and national level. State-level results allow us to learn more about student achievement in Washington, while also making it possible to compare our state to other states, regions, and the nation.

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.

How is NAEP Reported and Used?

Test results are reported in the Nation's Report Card. Results of each administration are compared to results of previous NAEP assessments to show changes in student achievement over time. Student performance is described in terms of average scale scores and the percentages of students attaining three achievement levels: Basic, Proficient and Advanced.

NAEP is used by:

  • State educators, legislators, and governors as a yardstick to gauge the effectiveness of state educational policies;
  • Members of Congress and the President as an indicator of student progress over time; and
  • Parents and the public as a means to assess the academic performance of students in Washington compared to other states and the nation as a whole.

Results are never reported for individual students or schools. Individual test scores and questionnaire responses are always kept confidential.

Washington State 2018 NAEP and International Assessments

  NAEP Operational Assessments
January 29, 2018 to March 9, 2018
NAEP Pilot Assessments
January 29, 2018 to March 9, 2018
March 2018 to May 2018
March 2018 to April 2018

Grade 4 Subjects


Reading and Science

Oral Reading Fluency Study


Mathematics and Science

Grade 8 Subjects

Civics, Geography, and U.S. History

Technology and Engineering Literacy

Reading and Science

Information Technology and Computer Literacy

Mathematics and Science

Grade 12 Subjects


Mathematics, Reading, and Science


NAEP Operational assessments will be reported at the national level in the Nation's Report Card.

NAEP Pilot assessments will inform future NAEP assessments.


August 11, 2017
Selected NAEP schools and district test coordinators will receive additional information regarding the 2018 administration between August 21 and August 28, 2017.

Wondering how your school was selected? Please see the NAEP Sampling Fact Sheet.

Contact Information:
Tony Wilson
NAEP State Coordinator

   Updated 8/11/2017

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