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The National Assessment of Educational​ Progress (NAEP) has frequently been called the "The Nation's Report Card." It is the only national assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas.

As a result of the "No Child Left Behind" legislation, all states are required to participate in NAEP. Beginning with the 2002-2003 school year, all schools in Illinois that are part of the sample drawn by the National Center for Education Statistics shall administer the biennial State academic assessments of 4th and 8th grade reading and mathematics under NAEP.

Our goal is to partner with those schools in Illinois that are selected to participate in NAEP. We will provide assistance in making connections between the NAEP Frameworks and the Illinois Learning Standards.

NAEP demonstration sample question booklets for reading and mathematics assessments are available for grades 4, 8 and 12. These booklets contain a description of each assessment, assessment directions, background questionnaires, and sample questions.

The NAEP Questions Tool provides easy access to NAEP questions, student responses, and scoring guides that are released to the public since 1990. These released NAEP questions are available for grades 4, 8 and 12 in the various subject areas.

The NAEP Data Explorer allows the public to analyze NAEP results by subject area over time for the nation, states, and other jurisdictions. The public is able to create their own unique reports from the NAEP Date Explorer.​​

 NAEP Overview


The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as "The Nation's Report Card," is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment have been conducted periodically in reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and the arts.

NAEP does not provide scores for individual students or schools; instead, it offers results regarding subject-matter achievement, instructional experiences, and school environment for populations of students (e.g., fourth-graders) and subgroups of those populations (e.g., female students, Hispanic students). NAEP results are based on a sample of student populations of interest.

National NAEP

National NAEP reports information for the nation and specific geographic regions of the country. It includes students drawn from both public and nonpublic schools and reports results for student achievement at grades 4, 8, and 12.

These assessments follow the Frameworks developed by the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), and use the latest advances in assessment methodology. For example, NAEP assessments include a large percentage of constructed-response questions and questions that require the use of calculators and other materials. Innovative types of questions have been used in assessments such as the arts (theatre, music, and visual arts) and science to measure students' ability to preform hands-on tasks.

State NAEP

Since 1990, NAEP assessments have also been conducted on the state level. Participating states receive assessment results that report on the performance of students in that state. In its content, the state assessment is identical to the assessment conducted nationally. However, because the national NAEP samples were not, and are not currently designed to support the reporting of accurate and representative state-level results, separate representative samples of students are selected for each participating jurisdiction/state.

Illinois' history of NAEP participation is available at http://www.nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/.

Long-Term Trend

NAEP long-term trend assessments are designed to give information on the changes in the basic achievement of America's youth. They are administered nationally and report student performance at ages 9, 13, and 17 in mathematics, science, reading and grades 4, 8, and 11 in writing. Measuring trends of student achievement or change over time requires the precise replication of past procedures. Therefore, the long-term trend instrument does not evolve based on changes in curricula or in educational practices.

Special Studies

In addition to the assessments, NAEP coordinates a number of special educational studies related to assessment. Ongoing projects include the High School Transcript Study and a Technology-Based Assessment project designed to explore the use of technology, especially the use of the computer as a tool to enhance the quality and efficiency assessments.​

 Administration of State NAEP

​​​Each participating state is responsible for the data collection in the state. To carry out this responsibility, the Illinois State Board of Education has appointed Jim Norris as the NAEP State Coordinator.​​

 School Participation in NAEP

​​The National Center for Education Statistics selected over 500 schools in Illinois to participate in the 2017 NAEP assessment. Each selected school has access to a secure website called MyNAEP and access to the NAEP help desk at 1-800-283-6237. The MyNAEP website contains school-specific information and useful facts about what to expect during the assessment process.

 NAEP Information for Parents


What Every Parent Should Know About NAEP BrochurePDF Document

If your childe has been asked to participate in NAEP, you will find answers to parents' commonly asked questions in these new pages. To learn more about the importance of the NAEP programed exactly what participation means for your child please visit http://www.nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/parents/. In addition, you can see many examples of the types of questions your child will be asked in a NAEP assessment. You can also explore your state's performance on past assessments, ask further questions, and submit comments.​

 NAEP Information for School Coordinators for 2018 Assessments

  • NAEP 2018 Instructions for the School Coordinator BrochurePDF Document
  • In the fall, school coordinators are responsible for the following:
    • Registering for the MyNAEP website.
    • Completing and submitting school information.
  • In December, the NAEP representative responsible for administering NAEP in your school will contact school coordinators and discuss how to complete the following tasks listed under the Prepare for Assessment menu:
    • Reviewing student information and preparing for the assessment of students with disabilities and English language learners (SD/ELL).
    • Informing parents/guardians of student participation using MyNAEP sample letters.
    • Other Prepare for Assessment menu tasks will become available in January:
      • Identifying any newly enrolled students
      • Managing the completion of questionnaires by school staff.
      • Planning assessment day logistics.
      • Promoting the importance of NAEP with school staff and students.
    • On the assessment date, you will meet your NAEP representative and assessment team, and be responsible for the following:
      • Ensuring that students attend the session.

 NAEP Resources

  • NAEP Schedule of Assessments - 2014 through 2024PDF Document
  • NAEP Links
    • No Child Left Behind

      On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The Act is the most sweeping reform of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since ESEA was enacted in 1965. It is based on four basic principles: stronger accountability for results, increased flexibility and local control, expanded options for parents, and an emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work.

    • NCES Classroom

      This site contains math and science games, activities, fun facts and educational information for kids and adults.

    • National Center for Educational Statistics

      NCES is the primary Federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations.

    • National Assessment Governing Board

      Congress created NAGB in 1988 to set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

    • NAEP State Profiles

      State Profiles key data about each state's student and school population and its NAEP testing history and results.​

 Summary of NAEP Results

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