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National Assessment of Educational Progress

UPDATE: NAEP 2021 HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL THE SPRING OF 2022. Please see the press release from the National Assessment Governing Board for more information.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often called "the Nation's Report Card," is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subjects. Its two major goals are to measure student achievement and to report change in student performance over time.

The NAEP for Math and Reading will be administered to many South Dakota students in 2022. The table below contains links to some documents that provide more information to schools and districts. These documents will be updated for the 2022 test administration.



The NAEP is given to a sampling of students in grades 4, 8, and sometimes 12, across the nation. Results are provided at both the state and national levels and are also reported to the public. As the assessment is designed to give a state and national snapshot, results are not available for schools or individual students. The test blueprints and NAEP frameworks are determined by the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB).

Results are also available at a state and national level for specific sampled student subgroups, including gender, racial and ethnic groups, and National School Lunch Program eligibility.

While the NAEP is a Federally required assessment in mathematics and reading, other content areas and grade levels are also assessed. To find out more information on these additional assessments, please see the NAGB website.

Parents of children who may take the NAEP can find useful information here.

Teachers can learn more about the NAEP questions and supplement classroom instruction using the NAEP Questions Tool.

In 2019, South Dakota students in grades 4 and 8 participated in the reading and mathematics assessments. Links to the results at grades 4 and 8 can be found below. South Dakota students in grades 4 and 8 will participate in NAEP reading and mathematics again in the spring of 2022.

NAEP is now part of the state and district report cards. Federal regulations require that NAEP results be reported on state and district report cards. Because it takes months for NAEP data to be released, NAEP results will be posted on the following years’ report card. Student participation rates for Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners are included in the reporting. The 2015 NAEP results for reading and mathematics, grades 4 and 8 can be found in an interactive format on the Nation’s Report Card website.



Contact Jennifer Tschetter, NAEP Coordinator, with questions at (605) 295-7304.