National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Often referred to as “the Nation’s Report Card,” the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subjects. Its two major goals are to measure student achievement and to report change in performance over time.
NAEP provides results at the national level and for individual states. The US Department of Education reports performance by groups of students, e.g. gender, racial and ethnic groups, and National School Lunch Program eligibility. NAEP provides select, large urban district as well as state results, but no school or student data.
NAEP tests reading and mathematics at grades 4, 8, and 12 with national and state results reported to the public. Several other subjects are tested in various years with only national level results reported.
In 2013, South Dakota’s 4th, 8th, and 12th graders participated in the reading and mathematics assessments. Links to the results at grades 4 and 8 can be found below, while the grade 12 results will be released spring of 2014. Students in many states across the nation will take the US history, civics, and geography assessments in 2014. However, no South Dakota districts were selected for the 2014 NAEP sample. Looking ahead, most of South Dakota’s 4th, 8th, and 12th graders will once again participate in reading, mathematics, and science assessments in the spring of 2015.
NAEP is now part of the state and district report cards. No Child Left Behind (NCLB) regulations require that NAEP results now be reported on state and district report cards. The 2013 NAEP results will be posted on the report card site when 2014 Dakota STEP (DSTEP) data are reported. Student participation rates for Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners are included in the reporting based on federal requirements. Since not all accommodations used on the DSTEP are allowed on NAEP, sampled students can be excluded, which lowers the participation rate for the subgroup.
The 2013 NAEP results for reading and mathematics, grades 4 and 8 can be found in an interactive format on the Nation’s Report Card website.