National Assessment of Educational Progress

A three-year-old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six-dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm.


The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “The Nation's Report Card™,” is a nationally representative and ongoing evaluation of how America's students perform across various subject areas. The NAEP focuses on two major goals: to compare student achievement in states and to chart changes in achievement of 4th, 8th, and 12th graders across time in mathematics, reading, writing, science, and other content domains. The NAEP, even today, constitutes the only continually conducted assessment that represents the academic status of all students in the nation.

Congressionally mandated by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the ...

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