Years Available
1969 to present
Assessments in mathematics and reading at grades 4 and 8 are administered every two years; assessments at grade 12 and in other subjects are administered less frequently.
Mode of Collection
Sample survey and assessment.
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. The NAEP is administered by the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (ED, NCES). The assessment is given to a representative sample of students in grades 4, 8, and 12 across the country. Results are reported for groups of students with similar characteristics (e.g., gender, race and ethnicity, school location), not individual students. National results are available for all subjects assessed by NAEP (currently: reading, mathematics, science, writing, the arts, civics, U.S. history, and technology and engineering literacy). State and selected urban district results are available for mathematics, reading, and (in some assessment years) science and writing. The NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment provides reading and mathematics assessment in 27 districts. NAEP's long-term trend (LTT) assessments are administered in mathematics and reading to 9, 13, and 17-year-olds and maintain a measurement trend dating back to 1971.
Population Covered
Public and private school students in grades 4, 8, and 12