National Assessment of Educational Progress

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas. NAEP Subject Tests are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, US history, and beginning in 2014, in technology and engineering literacy.

The main NAEP assessment is usually administered at grades 4 and 8 (at the state level) plus grade 12 at the national level.

NAEP results serve as a common metric for all states and select urban districts. The assessment stays essentially the same from year to year. This permits NAEP to provide a clear picture of student academic progress over time.

NAEP does not provide individual scores for the students or schools assessed. Instead, NAEP provides results about subject-matter achievement, instructional experiences and school environment, and reports these results for populations of students and population sub-groups. 

The performance of students on the NAEP exams is grouped into four categories: Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. Below Basic level of achievement indicates that a student does not meet any of the proficiency targets. A Basic Level of achievement indicates a student’s partial mastery of required knowledge and skills necessary for proficient work at each grade. Students scoring Proficient demonstrate solid academic performance for each subject assessed on the NAEP exam.  Those students scoring Advanced demonstrate superior knowledge of subject matter content. 

In addition to the traditional NAEP testing program, DC Public Schools also participate in the Trial Urban District Assessment. Find out more at the NAEP website

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National Assessment of Educational Progress
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The NAEP is a national exam measuring a representative sample of students’ knowledge of math, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography and U.S. history.
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Achievement Level
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A category describing a student’s performance on a NAEP exam.
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Scale Score
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A score derived from student responses to an exam question that summarizes the overall level of performance attained by that student, ranging from 0-500.