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National Assessment of Educational Progress

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known in the U.S. as "the Nation's Report Card," is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas, according to the NAEP Web site. Since 1969, assessments have been conducted periodically in the areas of reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and the arts.

NAEP does not provide scores for individual students or schools. The test provides results in the areas of subject-matter achievement, instructional experiences, and school environment for different populations of U.S. students, such as fourth-graders, and groups within those populations, such as female students or Hispanic students.

The commissioner of education statistics, who is in charge of the National Center for Educational Statistics within the U.S. Department of Education, oversees the administration of the NAEP.



Article by Ellen R. Delisio
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