National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Since 1983, ETS, on behalf of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), has developed content, analyzed data, and reported results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often called "The Nation's Report Card".

NAEP was developed in 1969 to measure student achievement nationally, and is the only 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
  • U.S. History
  • The Arts
  • Civics
  • Economics
  • Geography


ETS has assisted the NAEP program in introducing numerous psychometric and assessment design innovations over the years. Most recently, NAEP has deployed a computer-based writing assessment and incorporated interactive inquiry tasks into its science assessment.

NAEP Data Explorer

ETS researchers also developed an online data analysis program called NAEP Data Explorer so that complex comparisons on NAEP performance are more accessible to the general public to:

  • Create statistical tables, charts and maps
  • Explore the results of decades of assessment of students' academic performance
  • View information about factors that may be related to student learning

Latest NAEP Reports

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