NAEP Information

NAEP is a congressionally-mandated project of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP assesses four subjects at the state level: mathematics, reading, science, and writing. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization of 2001 requires districts receiving Title 1 funding to participate in NAEP assessments in mathematics and reading in grades 4 and 8 every other year (odd years). Because NAEP administers the same assessments in every participating state, the NAEP assessments function as a common yardstick for measuring student progress, and making state comparisons possible.

The NAEP 2019 assessment window is January 28th to March 8th, 2019. This year NAEP assessments will be administered on NAEP provided laptops and keyboards. The NAEP Digital Based Assessments (DBA) pilot tests will require two sequential sessions of approximately 25 students each for about 120 minutes (including transition time and instructions). Each student is assessed in only one subject and requires no student preparation as students will not know in advance which subject he/she has been selected for. NAEP DBA pilots for reading and mathematics are required components of NAEP participation at grades 4 and 8. From 1969 through 2002, participation in NAEP was voluntary. In 2003, participation became a requirement in all states/territories and school districts receiving Title 1 funding.

What is on the NAEP website?

The NAEP website provides several publicly available online tools for examining education data from every state in the nation, the District of Columbia, and the nation as a whole. Data sets include NAEP assessment results, comparisons among states, released items, and the ability to construct sophisticated queries showing trends in educational achievement over many years. Below are some other topics of interest ot NAEP selected schools.

  • The NAEP Assessment Design
  • The NAEP School Selection Process
  • Online NAEP Tools and Applications
  • Protecting Student Confidentiality

Note the following key features of NAEP:

About the Assessment - 
  • The federal NAEP field staff administer all assessments for NAEP to minimize the time taken from instruction and the need for school staff participation. In addition, this proctor administration design helps ensure the test is adminsitered the same way in every state. How is NAEP administered?
  • NAEP produces a valid profile of student achievement in numerous sub-groupoings for individual states and the nation as a whole. The NAEP Sampling Process.
  • National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) approves the NAEP assessment schedule and recommends porcedures for reporting and disseminating results of the NAEP (e.g., test content and policies). Assessment Schedule.
  • Results from pilot assessments are not released but they are used to inform future NAEP assessments.
Assurance of Confidentiality -
  • NAEP by design never reports school-level or student-level results. In part, this is an inherent part of the design since the NAEP test is a large-group assessment where each individual student takes only a small part of the overall assessment. Schools cannot obtain school-level results because in most schools, only a small portion of the total grade enrollment is selected; therefore, results of students may not reliably or validly represent the school's total tested grade's population. For these reasons, NAEP only provides results for the state or national level in Montana. As a large-group assessment, NAEP aggregates all student scores at the state or national level to produce reliable and valid estimates of what students know and can do in the content area. The Nation's Report Card.
  • The MyNAEP website serves as a platform for school designated staff to prepare for the NAEP assessment and to share information with field staff for the purpose of managing, facilitating, and proctoring the assessment. The trained field staff work closely with all schools to ensure that the pre-assessment activities and the administration can be completed with minimal disruption. Schools are required to accept the MyNAEP Confidentiality Agreement and all federal NAEP field staff are trained and must sign the NAEP Assessment Team Oath of Office.
  • The assessment protects the anonymity of the participating students and school staff. All data provided by shcools, staff, and students may only be used for statistical purposes and may not be disclosed, or used, in identifiable form for any other purpose except as required by law (20 U.S. Code § 9573). Extensive data sharing privacy agreements have been obtained to ensure Montana's data secuity. Montana's Data Sharing Agreement.
  • Federal legislation requires that parents be notified in writing about the assessment, that student participation is voluntary, and that students are not required to complete every item on the assessment. Sample Parent/Guardian Notification Letter Grade 4 and Grade 8.
  • For details about the NAEP 2017-2019 assessments and the NAEP assurance of confidentiality, please view (pgs. 19-21).