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The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), "the Nation's Report Card," has conducted periodic assessments since 1969. Click on any of the following subjects for reports, information on how each assessment works and links to the most recent national and state results. (The assessments in economics, foreign language and world history are currently under development.)

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    NAEP 2005 Mathematics and Reading Trial Urban District (TUDA) Results - The TUDA is a special project in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessing academic performance in selected large urban districts. Eleven districts participated in the 2005 NAEP reading and mathematics assessments, and in December 2005, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released reports containing results of the reading and mathematics assessments. Also available online are snapshots of participating districts for reading and mathematics. (NCES, December 2005)...

    The Nationís Report Card: Mathematics 2005 - This report presents results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress 2005 4th- and 8th-grade mathematics assessments. Results are disaggregated by a number of factors, including race, gender, geographic location, highest level of parents' education, type of school and eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch. The 2005 achievement levels also are compared to previous test years. Also available are state snapshot reports."NAEP Mathematics 2005 State Snapshot Reports" (Marianne Perie, Wendy S. Grigg and Gloria S. Dion, National Center for Education Statistics, October 2005)...

    The Nation's Report Card: Reading 2005 - This report presents results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress 2005 4th- and 8th-grade reading assessments. Results are disaggregated by a number of factors, including race, gender, geographic location, highest level of parents' education, type of school and eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch. The 2005 achievement levels also are compared to previous test years. Also available are state snapshot reports. (Marianne Perie, Wendy S. Grigg and Patricia L. Donahue, National Center for Education Statistics, October 2005)...

    Characteristics of U.S. 15-Year-Old Low Achievers in an International Context: Findings From Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2000 - This report examines the educational characteristics of low-performing 15-year-old students in the United States and analyzes differences between the characteristics of low-performing U.S. students and those from 32 other PISA countries. (Mariann Lemke, Anindita Sen, Jaime S. Johnston, Erin Pahlke, Trevor Williams, David Kastberg and Leslie Jocelyn, National Center for Education Statistics, October 2005)...

    The Nation's Report Card: Mathematics 2003 - This report presents results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress 2003 4th- and 8th-grade mathematics assessments. Results are disaggregated by a number of factors, including race, gender, geographic location, highest level of parents' education, type of school and eligibility for free or reduced price lunch. The report finds that the average 4th- and 8th-grade mathematics scores were higher in 2003 than in all previous assessment years. (James S. Braswell, Gloria S. Dion, Mary C. Daane and Ying Jin, National Center for Education Statistics, July 2005)...

    The Nation's Report Card: Reading 2003 - This report presents results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress 2003 4th-and 8th-grade reading assessments. Results are disaggregated by a number of factors, including race, gender, geographic location, highest level of parents' education, type of school and eligibility for free or reduced price lunch. The report finds no measurable difference between the average 4th-grade reading score in 2003 and 1992. The average 8th-grade reading score decreased by one point between 2002 and 2003, although it still remained higher than in 1992. (Patricia L. Donahue, Mary C. Daane and Ying Jin, National Center for Education Statistics, July 2005)...

    Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2003 Summary: U.S. Performance in Mathematics Literacy and Problem Solving - This summary contains results from PISA mathematics literacy and problem solving tests of 15-year olds residing in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. U.S. students scored below the OECD average in mathematics literacy and problem solving, and even the highest achieving U.S. students were, on average, outperformed by their OECD counterparts. Commissioner remarks as well as a link to the full report. (National Center for Education Statistics, December 2004)...

    Highlights from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2003 - The 2003 TIMSS study provides information on the performance in math and science by 4th and/or 8th graders in 46 countries. In some nations, changes in student achievement in these subjects can be tracked from 1995 to 2003. Findings: In 2003, U.S. 4th and 8th graders exceeded the international average, but their performance appeared less stellar when compared to just their peers in OECD-member countries. American 8th graders made substantial gains in average math performance between 1995 and 2003, while U.S. 4th gradersí scores remained level over this same period. The report also is broken out by chapter. (Patrick Gonzales, Juan Carlos GuzmŠn, Lisette Partelow, Erin Pahlke, Leslie Jocelyn, David Kastberg and Trevor Williams, National Center for Education Statistics, December 2004)...

    U.S. History 2001 Major Results - The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has released the 2001 U.S. History results for the nation in grades 4, 8 and 12. Scores are up since 1994 for 4th and 8th graders, while changes for high school seniors are not statistically significant. Questions addressed four historical themes and eight chronological periods; approximately 29,000 students were assessed in the national sample. (National Center for Education Statistics, May 2002)...

    A Decade of ACT Results in the Nationís Urban Schools 1990-1999: A Report on Urban Student Achievement and Course Taking MS Word - This report summarizes ACT assessment scores of students attending one of the Great City Schools. It tracks urban student performance between 1990 and 1999 and examines achievement gaps by course preparation, race, gender and poverty. (Council of the Great City Schools and ACT, March 2001)...

    Mathematics and Science Benchmarking Reports for TIMSS 1999: A Bridge to School Improvement MS Word - The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Third International Mathematics and Science Study-Repeat (TIMSS-R) are the result of the need in the American education community for reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of our students compared to that of students in other countries. TIMSS, conducted in 1995, involved 42 countries at three grade levels and was the largest, most comprehensive and rigorous assessment of its kind ever undertaken. In 1999, TIMSS-R collected data in 38 countries at the 8th-grade level to provide information about change in the mathematics and science achievement of our students compared to those in other nations over the last four years. (International Study Center, Boston College, Lynch School of Education, 2001)...

    The Nation's Report Card: Fourth-Grade Reading 2000 - Efforts to improve reading achievement in elementary grades have not yet yielded results, according to this statistical analysis report from the U.S. Department of Education. The report presents results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2000 reading assessment at grade 4 and makes comparisons to 4th-grade reading performance on previous NAEP assessments. One chapter focuses on student-reported background information about school and home experiences, and their relation to reading performance; the final chapter includes the performance of special-needs students who were permitted accommodations in the test administration. In addition, the report includes the full text of a reading passage, sample test questions and examples of student responses. (P.L. Donahue, R.J. Finnegan, A.D. Lutkus, N.L. Allen and J.R. Campbell, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, April 2001)...

    Pursuing Excellence: Comparisons of International Eighth-Grade Mathematics and Science Achievement from a U.S. Perspective, 1995 and 1999 - The latest National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report comparing U.S. 8th graders' math and science achievement with their peers in other countries shows U.S. students continue to perform near the international average in both subjects. A worrisome factor, however, is the drop in performance from 4th to 8th grade, pointing to a "continuing and serious problem." (NCES, 2000) ...


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