National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

In addition to the Minnesota Assessments, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) reports state results from participation in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Minnesota participates in the NAEP so we can compare our students’ performance to the performance of students in other states and the nation as a whole.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “The Nation’s Report Card,” is a national test that measures what our nation’s students know and are able to do in various subjects for students in fourth-, eighth-, and twelfth-grade. The purpose of the NAEP is to provide a fair and accurate measure of student achievement that allows for comparisons of achievement over time and across the nation. The NAEP is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) with the support of MDE.

The NAEP assessments are administered uniformly and serve as a common metric across all states. The NAEP provides results on subject-matter achievement, instructional experiences, and school environment for students overall and for student demographic groups. The results are based on a representative sample of the student population and do not provide individual student or school results.

The NAEP includes assessments in seven subjects following frameworks and assessment schedules set by the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB). These subjects include: mathematics, reading, science, writing, civics, U.S. history, and technology and engineering literacy.

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Jennifer Cain, Minnesota NAEP state coordinator.