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ETS® K–12 Student Assessment Programs

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National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Developed in 1969, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Since 1983, ETS, on behalf of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), has developed content, analyzed data and reported results for NAEP, often referred to as "The Nation's Report Card."



ETS has assisted the NAEP program in introducing numerous psychometric and assessment design innovations — reflecting a commitment by ETS to incorporate cutting-edge technologies into NAEP assessments:

  • NAEP developed and administered the first national assessment in technology and engineering literacy — incorporating interactive inquiry tasks into its science assessment and delivered digital versions of most NAEP assessments.
  • NAEP digitally based assessments (DBAs) utilize dynamic and innovative technologies to create engaging, interactive assessment experiences and providing more meaningful data.

NAEP Data Explorer (NDE)

Developed by ETS researchers, the NDE is a powerful statistical tool that encompasses many analytical functions such as sophisticated searching, data comparison and chart and table creation. The enhanced NDE makes it even easier to explore NAEP results. This interactive, user-friendly web tool lets users do the following:

  • Build custom statistical tables, animated graphics and state maps using NAEP data.
  • Explore decades of assessment results for various subjects, grades and jurisdictions.
  • View information about factors that may be related to student learning.

The Nation’s Report Card

Explore the NAEP’s Report Library.