National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

  • For more than 30 years, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has served American educators as an information resource, providing reliable profiles of what students know and can do in key subject areas.  The NAEP owes much of its success to the support of local educators whose schools are chosen to participate in NAEP assessments according to a representative state or national sample of the student population in grades 4, 8, and 12.  The Commonwealth of Virginia is proud of its continued participation in the NAEP assessments. 

    The NAEP assessments will be conducted throughout the country on January 28, 2019, through March 8, 2019.  The NAEP assessment will include:

    State and National Operational 

    • Mathematics at grades 4 and 8     
    • Reading at grades 4 and 8       

    National Operational       

    • Science, Mathematics, and Reading at grade 12
    • Science at grades 4 and 8
    • National pilot
    • Reading, Vocabulary and Mathematics at grades 4 and 8

    Special Studies     

    • National Indian Education Study (NIS) at grades 4 and 8
    • Computer Accessibility and Familiarity Study (CAFS) at grades 4, 8 and 12.
    • Socioeconomic Status-Student Questionnaire (SES-SQ) at grades 4 and 8
    • High School Transcript Study (HSTS) at grade 12        

    The digitally based Operational, Pilot and Special Studies assessments will be administered on NAEP tablets with keyboards.  The national operational Science and the grade 12 Reading and Mathematics assessments will include a mode comparability study where some of the students will take NAEP using a paper-pencil format.  Other special studies may occur in a few additional schools as well.

    For the 2018-2019 school year, school selections for NAEP are based on a representative state or national sample of the student population for grades 4, 8 and 12.  The NCES staff have selected several Virginia schools for these assessments.  Click here to view NAEP's frequently asked questions. 

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