National Assessment of Educational Progress
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 2019. The table below contains links to some documents that provide more information to schools and districts.
The NAEP is given to a sampling of students across the nation. The results of the NAEP are given for the entire nation and for individual states. Results are also given for specific groups of students, e.g. gender, racial and ethnic groups, and National School Lunch Program eligibility. Results are not available for schools or individual students.
The NAEP is given to many South Dakota students in reading and mathematics at grades 4, 8, and 12 every two years. National and state results are reported to the public. Several other subjects are tested in different years with only national level results reported. This test blueprints and NAEP frameworks are determined by the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB).
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 2017, South Dakota students in grades 4, 8, and 12 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 2019.
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, the 2017 NAEP results will be posted on the 2018 report card. Student participation rates for Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners are included in the reporting. Since not all accommodations used on the state assessment are allowed on NAEP, sampled students can be excluded, which lowers the participation rate for these students.
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 the Assessment Staff with questions.