The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only nationally representative assessment of what our nation's students know and can do in core subject areas such as mathematics, reading, science, and writing. The results of NAEP are published as the Nation's Report Card, and are available for the nation, states, and for districts participating in the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA).

    NAEP was first administered in 1969 to measure student achievement nationally. Since the 1970s, long-term trend assessments have been administered to 9, 13, and 17 year olds, and are currently conducted every 4 years to gauge students' progress in mathematics and reading. In 1990, NAEP was first administered at the state level. Fourth- and eighth- grade students are currently assessed at the national and state levels in mathematics and reading every 2 years, and in other subjects in alternating years. Twelfth-grade students are assessed in a variety of subjects, and results are typically released at the national level only. In 2002, NAEP began TUDA, which measures what students know and can do in select urban districts. In 2011, twenty-one districts will participate and receive district-level NAEP results.

    NAEP is the only measure that allows for valid comparisons of student performance to be made across states and selected urban districts. A state's own assessment is a valuable tool for providing information on student performance in that particular state.  Because state assessments vary from state to state, their results cannot be used to compare student performance across the country. Results from NAEP can be compared, however, because the same assessment is given to students in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Districts participating in TUDA can also be included for comparisons.

    Selected MPS Schools to Participate in NAEP