About the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
The National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, U.S. history, and beginning in 2014, in Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL).
Since NAEP assessments are administered uniformly using the same sets of test booklets across the nation, NAEP results serve as a common metric for all states and selected urban districts. It is commonly referred to as "The Nation’s Report Card." The assessment stays essentially the same from year to year, with only carefully documented changes. This permits NAEP to provide a clear picture of student academic progress over time. In 2013, Tennessee students became the fastest improving in the country, posting bigger NAEP gains than students in any other state.
As NAEP moves into computer-based assessments, the assessment administration will remain uniform continuing the importance of NAEP as a common metric.