National Assessment of Educational Progress [NAEP] Law and Legal Definition

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a periodic assessment program of student progress conducted in the U.S. by the National Center for Education Statistics, a division of the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is the only nationally representative in the U.S. for the assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. The NAEP conducts periodic assessments in areas such as reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and the arts.

The NAEP assessment is conducted on representative samples of students. National NAEP reports information for the nation and specific geographic regions of the country. Survey is conducted for students from both public and nonpublic schools. State NAEP assessments provide reliable state-level student achievement data in reading, mathematics, science, and writing. The NAEP Long-Term Trend assessment is designed to give information on the changes in the basic achievement of America's youths. The assessment results are released as The Nation’s Report Card. The Nation’s Report Cards are used by policymakers, state and local educators, principals, teachers, and parents to inform educational administration.