Posted: Fri, 08/19/2011 - 9:16am Updated: Fri, 10/19/2018 - 9:11am

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do. The NAEP assessment stays essentially the same from year to year, with only carefully documented changes. This permits NAEP to provide a clear picture of student academic progress over time. NAEP’s transition into computer-based assessments, has not changed the uniform administration of the assessment. NAEP continues its importance as a common metric and will only administer paper and pencil testing in select schools to help with the transition to online.

NAEP is given every year in Indiana, however the subjects and grades can vary. Some subjects include mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, U.S. history, and in Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL).



For Families: Discover the test that your child is taking, understand your test results, and find resources to support your child’s success.

For Educators: Discover the test that your students are taking, find resources to assist in classroom instruction and assessment, and understand policies related to state-wide testing.



Public schools and accredited nonpublic schools shall participate, if selected, in national assessment of educational progress testing. (Indiana State Board of Education; 511 IAC 5-4-1; filed Jun 21, 2001, 3:09 p.m.: 24 IR 3650)More information regarding participation in the alternate assessment can be found below.

Understanding Assessment Results

NAEP Achievement Levels

When reviewing the results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), it is helpful to understand how student performance is reported. Since NAEP is not designed to report results for individual students or schools, it is not necessary for every student in the nation to take the assessment. Instead, NAEP is administered to a sample of students in grades 4, 8, and 12, who represent the student population of the nation, states, and districts.

The figure of NAEP Achievement Levels's includes 3 levels: Advanced, Proficient and Basic level.

Because assessment results are based on samples of students, there are a number of factors to consider when drawing conclusions about NAEP data. One must take into consideration the state sample, and statistical significance of the results. Fr more information on these topics you can visit NAEP’s Website on understanding the results.

2019: Communication Timeline

2019: Communication Timeline

NAEP Resources

Assessment Process after School Registration

The steps below are completed between October through January.

Assessment Process after School Registration