National Assessment of Educational Progress in Ohio

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often referred to as The Nation’s Report Card, is the only nationally representative and continuous assessment of what America's students know and are able to do in various subject areas. As a congressionally mandated project of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the U.S. Department of Education, NAEP provides a comprehensive measure of students' learning at critical junctures in their school experiences. NAEP plays an integral role in evaluating the conditions and progress of the nation's and individual state's education of students at grades four, eight and twelve. The reading and mathematics assessments for grades four and eight are administered in all states on a regular two-year cycle.

NAEP began in 1969 as a national measure of student progress in reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, geography, civics and the arts. State assessments in reading, mathematics, science, and writing began in 1990. NAEP also periodically conducts special studies such as the High School Transcript Study and a Technology Based Assessment project.

Since it is a sample assessment, NAEP does not provide results for individual students, schools or districts. Schools are selected through demographic sampling, and students are selected through random sampling. Because no student takes a complete NAEP assessment, individual results are not possible. In addition, most schools and districts do not have enough students participating to obtain results on those levels.

NAEP is administered by contractor staff, so teachers and other school personnel are not responsible for giving the assessment. Most of the field staff are retired Ohio educators and go through a thorough background check before being hired. Contractor staff allows NAEP to be conducted with less of a time commitment on the part of the selected schools. As of 2017, NAEP is digital-based with times varying from about 90 to 120 minutes.

Ohio Policy Regarding NAEP Participation

The No Child Left Behind and Every Student Succeeds Act mandated that all states and districts receiving Title I funding must participate in the biennial NAEP assessments in reading and mathematics in grades 4 and 8, effective with the 2003 NAEP assessment. In addition, Ohio law requires participation of all selected Ohio schools in any NAEP assessment.

NAEP Documents

Click on the links below to open the document about NAEP:

Naep Videos

Press Releases

Click on the links below to view Ohio's NAEP results.

Important NAEP Links

Last Modified: 10/13/2020 2:11:33 PM