NAEP, also known as The Nation's Report Card, is a nationally representative measure of student achievement in a range of key subjects at grades 4, 8, and 12.

The Nation's Report Card


NAEP, otherwise known as The Nation's Report Card, is a nationally representative measure of what U.S. students know and can do in reading, math and various other subjects over time at grades 4, 8, and 12. Funded by Congress since 1969 and administered by the U.S. Department of Education, NAEP compares performance among states, urban districts, public and private schools, and different student demographic groups to inform the public about elementary and secondary student achievement.

Teachers, principals, parents, policymakers and researchers all use NAEP to evaluate student progress and devise ways to improve education across the U.S.



The Governing Board's Role


The Governing Board is an independent, bipartisan organization created by Congress in 1988 to set policy for NAEP. The Board's 26 members are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education and include governors, state legislators, local and state officials, educators and researchers.

The Governing Board oversees NAEP, identifies subjects to be tested, determines test content, sets performance standards called achievement levels for each assessment, approves test questions, and releases NAEP results in The Nation's Report Card. The Board also works to improve the reporting of results to make sure they are communicated effectively to a wide audience.


National Assessment Governing Board
800 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 825
Washington, DC 20002

Phone: 202-357-6938
Fax: 202-357-6945
E-mail: nagb@ed.gov

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