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* NAEP (dutch)



National Assessment of Educational Progress

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. Assessments in world history and in foreign language are anticipated in 2012.


To ascertain the educational progress of students and to examine the context for the achievement results, the United States Congress mandated the NAEP. It is important to note the word progress; the NAEP has always been concerned with tracking achievement over time. Mathematics, only one of the subject areas, has been assessed since 1973 through representative sampling of both students and items. Long-term trend data has been collected periodically from an unreleased portion of the first assessment.

Changes in the NAEP during this period include expansion of the purpose from a national snapshot to state-level assessment, more sophisticated use of statistical procedures, and more reporting of results. From the conception of the NAEP, mathematics educators have been involved in developing frameworks, items, and reporting results. NCTM has supported, with funding from the National Science Foundation, its own interpretative reports. These monographs, articles in NCTM journals, and presentations at conferences have been a model of ways professional organizations can inform members of the status of performance across the United States. The introductory chapter (Silver & Kenney, 2000, p. 1-21) in the latest NCTM interpretative report gave a concise overview of the 1996 (seventh) mathematics assessment.


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