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NAEP was first administered in 1969, and is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation’s students know and can do in core subjects such as mathematics, reading, science, and writing.

The schools and students participating in NAEP represent other schools and students within states, and across the country.

NAEP is considered the gold standard of assessments because of its high technical quality. The assessment frameworks are developed with input from assessment specialists, education experts, teachers, and content specialists from around the nation.

NAEP monitors student progress over time and reports on student achievement nationally and on the state level.

Important Dates

Dates Event
January 26, 2015 to March 6, 2015 2015 Testing Window
March 30, 2015 to May 29, 2015 TIMSS Testing Window

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Grade-Level Assessment
Dynamic Learning Maps (MAP-A)
Measured Progress (MAP-A)
Questar (EOC)
MetriTech (ACCESS for ELLs)
MetaLogic (Personal Finance)

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