National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

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NAEP Overview
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known 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. Since 1969, assessments have been conducted periodically in reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and the arts.

Under the current structure, the Commissioner of Education Statistics, who heads the National Center for Education Statistics in the U.S. Department of Education, is responsible by law for carrying out the NAEP project. The National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), appointed by the Secretary of Education but independent of the Department, sets policy for NAEP and is responsible for developing the framework and test specifications that serve as the blueprint for the assessments. NAGB is a bipartisan group whose members include governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators, business representatives, and members of the general public. Congress created the 26-member Governing Board in 1988.

NAEP provides results regarding subject-matter achievement, instructional experiences, and school environment for populations of students (e.g., fourth-graders) and groups within those populations (e.g., female students, Hispanic students). NAEP results are based on a sample of student populations of interest.

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Highlights for 2015:

Scores for Arizona students on NAEP did not change significantly in any of the subject/grade level combinations tested, while national scores dipped in both fourth and eighth grade math and in eighth grade reading. Arizona is now statistically similar to the national average in both eighth grade reading and math. “It is a testament to the hard work of Arizona teachers and students that NAEP scores have remained stable given the many significant changes to our state’s education system in recent years,” said Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas.

For the AZ NAEP 2015 State Board of Education Presentation click on:

For the online interactive 2015 NAEP Nations Report click on:

For the Technology and Engineering Literacy Results Presentation click on:

For the online interactive Technology and Engineering Report click on:

Mathematics
Grade 4:

  • In 2015, the average mathematics score for fourth-grade students in Arizona was 238. This was lower than that for the nation’s public schools (240).
  • The average score for students in Arizona in 2015 (238) was higher than that in 1992 (215) and was not significantly different from that in 2013 (240).
  • In 2015, the percentage of students in Arizona who performed at or above Proficient was 38 percent. This was not significantly different from that for the nation’s public schools (39 percent).

Grade 8:

  • In 2015, the average mathematics score for eighth-grade students in Arizona was 283. This was not significantly different from that for the nation’s public schools (281).
  • The average score for students in Arizona in 2015 (283) was higher than that in 1990 (260) and was not significantly different from that in 2013 (280).
  • In 2015, the percentage of students in Arizona who performed at or above Proficient was 35 percent. This was not significantly different from that for the nation’s public schools (32 percent).
Reading
Grade 4:

  • In 2015, the average reading score for fourth-grade students in Arizona was 215. This was lower than that for the nation’s public schools (221).
  • The average score for students in Arizona in 2015 (215) was higher than that in 1992 (209) and was not significantly different from that in 2013 (213).
  • In 2015, the percentage of students in Arizona who performed at or above Proficient was 30 percent. This was smaller than that for the nation’s public schools (35 percent).

Grade 8:

  • In 2015, the average reading score for eighth-grade students in Arizona was 263. This was not significantly different from that for the nation’s public schools (264).
  • The average score for students in Arizona in 2015 (263) was not significantly different from that in 1998 (260) and was not significantly different from that in 2013 (260).
  • In 2015, the percentage of students in Arizona who performed at or above Proficient was 31 percent. This was not significantly different from that for the nation’s public schools (33 percent).
Arizona Results 2015:

  • Mathematics, Grade 4 – Arizona NAEP average scale scores over time compared to National Public (National average).
  • Mathematics, Grade 8 – Arizona NAEP average scale scores over time compared to National Public (National average).
  • Reading, Grade 4 – Arizona NAEP average scale scores over time compared to National Public (National average).
  • Reading, Grade 8 – Arizona NAEP average scale scores over time compared to National Public (National average).

 

Arizona NAEP Snapshot Reports
Content Area Grade Level
Reading 4th Grade 8th Grade
Mathematics 4th Grade 8th Grade
Science N/A 8th Grade

 

General Information

An Introduction to NAEP

Why Is NAEP Important?

Established by Congress in 1969, NAEP was created to provide a common national yardstick for accurately evaluating the performance of American students.

NAEP is:

  1. A national assessment that allows educational achievement to be compared across states;
  2. An assessment that identifies the percentages of students in the nation who meet standards for Advance, Proficient, or Basic performance in a variety of subjects;
  3. A yardstick that state educators, legislators, and governors can use to gauge the effectiveness of state educational policies;
  4. A measurement tool that members of Congress and the President can use to review student progress during the past 35 years; and
  5. A source of information that allows parents to assess the academic performance of students in their state and the nation as a whole.

By participating in NAEP, students are doing their part to help improve education in our country, our state, and our schools!

2017 NAEP Participating Schools

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Teachers

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International Assessments

The NAEP assessments in mathematics, reading, and science are now coordinated with three NCES international assessments:

This coordination will produce complementary results for more useful comparisons between international assessments and NAEP.

 

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Shelly Pollnow, Ed.D.
Director Arizona NAEP and International Assessment Programs
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