Gr 8 – NAEP Assessment
On Wednesday, January 30, Grade 8 students will participate in the NAEP Assessment.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often called The Nation’s Report Card, is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students in public and private schools in the United States know and are able to do in various subjects. Since 1969, NAEP has been a common measure of student achievement across the country in mathematics, reading, science, and many other subjects. Depending on the assessment, NAEP report cards provide national, state, and some district-level results, as well as results for different demographic groups.
NAEP is a congressionally mandated project of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), located within the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. NAEP data are also used in special studies conducted by NCES. These have included comparisons of proficiency standards across state assessments; insights from high school transcripts, including courses taken and credits earned; and in-depth looks at how different demographic groups perform across different types of schools.
The National Assessment Governing Board, an independent, bipartisan organization made up of governors, state school superintendents, teachers, researchers, and representatives of the general public, sets policy for NAEP.
The Nation’s Report Card website has resources for all audiences (http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/) in addition, please note the following resources that may be helpful to parent/guardians and students:
- Nation’s Report Card: Digitally Based Assessments
Learn how NAEP is using new technologies to assess students in a digital environment. Introduce this brief interactive tutorial to students selected for the tablet assessments, so that they can become familiar with how to use the on-screen interactive tools.
- Nation’s Report Card: Student’s page
Students selected for NAEP can test themselves and answer real assessment questions for different subject areas.
- Nation’s Report Card: Educator’s page
Teachers can create their own tests using NAEP assessment items, and can also explore NAEP results.
- Nation’s Report Card: Parent’s page
Parents can review what participation in NAEP means for their child and how results from assessments are used.