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National Assessment of Educational Progress

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the name of a group of subject matter tests regularly administered by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics to a nationally representative set of students. The primary purpose of NAEP is to provide a widely disseminated indicator of the academic competencies of the nation’s elementary and secondary students. NAEP tests date to 1969 and are most frequently given in mathematics, reading, science, and writing. NAEP assessments serve three purposes: (1) to permit comparisons of student competencies over time, (2) to provide point-in-time snapshots that permit comparisons across geographic units as well as among subgroups of the student population, and (3) to permit correlating academic performance with features of students’ education through the collection ...

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