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:
- U.S. History
- The Arts
ETS and NAEP
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
Results from the 2013 NAEP mathematics and reading assessments at grade 12 are available as an interactive report. Twelfth-graders’ average scores did not change from 2009.
Explore interactive graphics that illustrate the results of the 2013 NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment. Six of 21 participating urban districts scored higher in 2013 than in 2011 in mathematics, and five of 21 scored higher in reading.
The results from the 2013 assessments in mathematics and reading at grades 4 and 8 can be explored in more detail with interactive graphics, downloadable data and enhanced features for viewing state results. Fourth- and eighth-graders showed improvement on the NAEP mathematics and reading assessments.
The Nation's Report Card: Economics 2012 finds that the percentage of twelfth-graders performing at or above Basic increased between 2006 and 2012.
The Nation's Report Card: Trends in Academic Progress 2012 reports that both 9- and 13-year-olds scored higher in reading and mathematics in 2012 than students their age in the early 1970s. Seventeen-year-olds, however, did not show similar gains.
The Nation's Report Card: Science 2011 reports higher scores in 2011 than in 2009 for eighth-graders overall.
The Nation's Report Card: Trial Urban District Assessment Reading 2011 finds that both fourth- and eighth-graders in six districts scored higher than the average for large cities in 2011.
The Nation's Report Card: Trial Urban District Assessment Mathematics 2011 reports higher scores than in 2009 for four districts at grade 4 and six districts at grade 8.
The Nation's Report Card: Reading 2011 finds that a higher percentage of 8th graders performed at or above the proficient level than in 2009.
The Nation's Report Card: Mathematics 2011 reports the highest percentages to date of 4th and 8th graders performing at or above the proficient level.
The Nation's Report Card: Geography 2010 finds that scores for the lowest performing 4th, 8th and 12th graders have improved since previous assessments.
The Nation's Report Card: History 2010 examines how well students are learning U.S. history and whether they can evaluate historical evidence and understand change and continuity over time.