The National Assessment of Educational Progress, often referred to as The Nation’s Report Card, is the only nationally representative and continuous assessment of what students across the country know and are able to do in various subjects. NAEP was begun 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 were begun 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. The assessment itself takes about 90 minutes of student time.
Ohio Policy Regarding NAEP Participation
The No Child Left Behind legislation 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.
Click on the link below to open the document comparing Ohio's assessments to NAEP assessments.
Click on the links below to view Ohio's NAEP results.
Important NAEP Links
Office of Curriculum and Assessment