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The 2028 NAEP Science Assessment Framework

The updated 2028 NAEP Science Assessment Framework describes the knowledge and skills students should be able to demonstrate in physical, life, and earth and space sciences in grades 4, 8, and 12. The updates reflect the most current science information and practices and keeps pace with the evolving field K-12 science instruction and assessment. The framework also ensures the data produced provide a better understanding of students’ knowledge and skills in this vital subject for policymakers, school and district leaders, educators, families, and other education stakeholders.

Updating the NAEP Science Assessment Framework included public comment periods and panelists and advisors who represent a diverse array of viewpoints, backgrounds, and expertise.

The National Assessment Governing Board sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation's Report Card. The Governing Board oversees development of NAEP frameworks, the blueprint for the content and design of each NAEP assessment.

Review the 2028 framework and materials that provide deeper insight into NAEP Science.