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:
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
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.