The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP)


What is NAEP?

The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) is a national standardized assessment given to a sample of students across the nation in grades 4, 8 and 11.

Who takes it?

NAEP selects specific schools and samples students from grades 4, 8, and 11. Not all students in these grades will take a NAEP test if their school is selected.

What does it measure?

The test measures students’ knowledge and skills in the arts, mathematics, reading, science, and writing. Not all subjects are tested at every school.

When is it administered?

The NAEP tests are administered from mid-January through mid-March. 

How is it administered?

  • NAEP is offered as both an online based test or paper/pencil test.  Students are randomly selected to take either.
  • Each student will take just one test that lasts an estimated 60-90 minutes.
  • Only select students at select schools will take the test.

How are the results used?

NAEP results are used by policymakers and educators to improve education at state and national levels. NAEP results can also be used to compare states and different student groups.

Who requires it?

NAEP is a federally required test.

What if I want to know more about this assessment?