National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our students know and can do in various subjects. Its major goals are to measure student achievement and report change in performance over time. NAEP provides results for states and the nation as a whole but does not provide scores for schools, classrooms, or individual students.
Participation in NAEP mathematics and reading in grades 4 and 8 is mandatory for states receiving Title I funds pursuant to federal law. Although NAEP is administered to a sample of schools in each state, most elementary and middle schools in Rhode Island participate in NAEP by virtue of our relatively small student population.
Elected officials, policymakers, educators, and other stakeholders all use NAEP results to develop ways to improve education and to confirm results on state assessments. Therefore, participation is vital before information about the performance of Rhode island students can be collected and shared.
2013 NAEP Results