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National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

The state of Kansas participates in the National Assessment of Educational Progress, otherwise known as the Nation’s Report Card. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is considered the “gold standard” of assessments.  It is the largest nationally representative assessment of what America’s students know and can do and it serves a different role than state assessments.  The NAEP assessments allow each state to be compared to national results and to evaluate progress over time. It informs the public about the academic achievement of elementary and secondary students in Kansas and in the United States.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is authorized and funded in the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Each state and local educational agency (LEA) that receives Title 1 funding is required to participate in the reading and mathematics assessments if selected.  Kansas, as a state, receives Title 1 funding and all LEA’s in Kansas (Unified School Districts) also receive some Title 1 funds.  The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is responsible for the development, administration, scoring and reporting the results of these assessments. 

The NAEP provides policy makers and leaders at the federal and state level a measure to guide important decisions on educational resources and funding.  NAEP is not a high stakes assessment. It does not reveal a particular student’s or schools score.  It is an assessment completely independent of politics and education reform efforts and is the only yardstick currently available that reveals student achievement nationally, by state, and by large urban district. Used as a resource, NAEP is a window into the state of our educational system and what students are learning.

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 subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history.

Below you will find links to the main NAEP site and other information.

NAEP News in Schools

Measure Up - NAEP News for the School Community, Fall 2015In this edition: What's Happening in the World of NAEP? ~ NAEP Resources and Tools that Teachers Can Use ~ NAEP 2016 Arts Assessment ~ Digitally-based Assessments ~ PISA 2015 ~ Mapping State Proficiency Standards onto NAEP Scales: 2013 Results

NAEP 2013 Assessment

Results from the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress in reading and mathematics were released on November 7, 2013. This assessment was administered in all 50 states to 360,000 students at grades 4, 8, and 12 during the winter of 2013. Over 12,000 Kansas students in 261 buildings participated. Kansas results are posted in the section “Profiles and Reports” on this webpage or visit http://nationsreportcard.gov/ for additional information.

NAEP Aligned with the Kansas College and Career-Ready Standards

Inclusion and Accommodations Policies

Frequently Asked Questions

Assessment Frameworks (Conceptual base for content of the assessment)

Program Consultant

Kris Shaw
(785) 296-4926

NAEP For Your Smartphone

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Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education
Jay Scott
(785) 296-0979

Assistant Director
Academic Standards
Jeannette Nobo
(785) 296-2078

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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