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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, Summer 2017Thank You!, What’s Happening in the World of NAEP?, NAEP 2016 Arts Assessment, NAEP 2016 Arts Assessment Sample Questions, National and International Assessments

NAEP 2015 Assessment

Results from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress in reading and mathematics were released on October 28, 2015. This assessment was administered in all 50 states to 533,100 students at grades 4, 8, and 12 during the winter of 2015. Over 9,000 Kansas students in 271 buildings participated. Kansas results are posted in the section “Profiles and Reports” on this webpage or visit http://nationsreportcard.gov/ for additional informatio
Thank You for Participating!PDF

NAEP Aligned with the Kansas College and Career-Ready Standards

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ - NAEP Sampling 
FAQ - The Nation's Report CardFAQ from the Nation's Report Card about NAEP

Assessment Frameworks (Conceptual base for content of the assessment)

Sample Questions

Long-Term Trend Sample Questions 
Nations Report Card - Sample QuestionsSelect a subject and test yourself using NAEP questions. These questions are a sampling of the actual ones students taking NAEP assessments answered.

Press Releases

NAEP 2011 Kansas Science Press Release 
NAEP 2015 Kansas Press ReleaseKansas follows nation’s trend on Nation’s Report Card. 2015 NAEP Mathematics and Reading results released.
2011 Kansas NAEP/TIMSS Linking Study 

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

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-0979

Assistant Director

Branden Johnson
(785) 296-2078

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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