National Assessment of Educational Progress

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is also commonly known as "the Nation's Report Card," and is conducted at both the state and the national level. This assessment has been focusing on what America's students know and are capable of doing in various subject areas by testing representative samples of students in grades four, eight, and 12 in public and nonpublic schools since 1969.

NAEP is governed by the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) and is conducted by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) which is part of the U.S. Department of Education. Results are confidential. The names of the students who participate in NAEP never leave the school. Thus, results are not reported in terms of individual students. In New Hampshire results are only reported for the state as a whole or as part of the national results. Results from NAEP are publicly available through NCES.

  • By using NAEP data tools you can find key data for state/jurisdiction performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessments in mathematics, reading, writing, and science at grades 4, 8 and 12 (where applicable). View trends and demographics, download snapshot reports, and compare results for each state/jurisdiction to the nation and to the other states.

The Results from NAEP are publicly available through NCES. The NAEP Data Explorer (NDE) allows the public to analyze results at the national (grades 4, 8, and 12) and state (grades 4 and 8) level with disaggregated achievement estimates being provided based on gender, race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, limited English proficiency and several other factors. This level of reporting is made possible through sophisticated student/school sampling techniques used by NCES/NAG to represent the nation as a whole and individual state.

NAEP in New Hampshire

2003 marked the first year that New Hampshire has participated in NAEP since 1998. Up to 2003, states were periodically asked to participate in this assessment and could choose to accept or decline the offer. Enactment of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation tied participation in NAEP to the receipt of Title I funding for the district. In New Hampshire this meant in 2003, if any school in a particular school district receiving Title 1 funds is selected, then that school must participate or the entire district risks losing its Title I funding. Beginning in July 2005, the New Hampshire State Board of Education enacted a new rule, Ed 306.24(a)(3) that states: "(a) The local board shall require that each school:

(3) Selected by the United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics participates in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)."

Representative Samples

To ensure accurate results, the relatively small samples of students must be truly representative of the entire student population in the nation (for the national assessments) or the state (for the state assessments). In order to make sure this happens, NAEP selects a representative sample of students by first randomly selecting schools and then selecting the students within those schools who will participate in a given NAEP assessment. Every school has some known chance of being selected for the sample, as does every student within a participating grade.

After each assessment, NAEP releases dozens of sample questions to the public—more than 3,000 questions are currently available. The tools featured at NAEP Questions Tool can be used to supplement classroom instruction, provide additional insight into the content of the assessment, and show what studentFrameworks [need link]s nationally or in your state or district know and can do.

National Center for Educational Statistics

The administration of NAEP is made possible through a collaborative effort between the federal government, the state, individual school districts, and schools. Each state has a designated NAEP coordinator who assists the federal government in the identification of schools and who facilitates communication between the federal government and the schools.

Now hiring for 2021 NAEP Cycle

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) will be administered to approximately 1 million students in 20,000 schools across the country in the upcoming school year. More than 260 New Hampshire schools will be participating. To ensure a successful administration, the NAEP program is recruiting retired New Hampshire educators and others who enjoy working in schools to join their field staff as assessment administrators. These are the individuals who administer the assessment to our Grade 4, 8, and 12 students. If you know people with whom you have worked over the years that might be interested in joining NAEP for the 2019 administration, please encourage them to learn more about this opportunity by visiting


Ashley Frame
NAEP State Coordinator
(603) 271-3759