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The National Assessment Governing Board is an independent, bipartisan organization that oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card.
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As leaders at all levels make important decisions on education policy and funding, easy access to useful data about student achievement by nation, state, and urban district is important. The Governing Board, whose membership consists of local and state policymakers, provides direct links to results and resources for The Nation’s Report Card.

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The Governing Board created an Ad Hoc Committee on NAEP Parent Engagement, whose recommendations include strategies to increase parent awareness about the urgency to improve student achievement and reduce achievement gaps by race, ethnicity and income levels. We also offer parents a host of information and resources about The Nation’s Report Card and student performance.

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Teachers, principals, researchers and others can explore the many facets of The Nation’s Report Card, which informs us how our students are performing at the national, state, and district level. NAEP results, test questions, frameworks, and instructional factors can be accessed and used. You can even test yourself and your students in important subjects that NAEP covers.

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The economy and the workforce are intricately linked to education quality and job skills training. Recognizing the link, the Governing Board developed a new Business Policy Task Force, which provides input to the Board in shaping policy for NAEP and in expanding outreach to the business community. Discover other resources and programs relevant to industry leaders.

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The Nation’s Report Card is the country’s largest nationally representative assessment, whose results in key subject areas have extensively been covered in print, broadcast and online outlets. NAEP provides not only results from reports but also opportunities for journalists to explore data and background variables to analyze student performance in variety of ways.

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  • Arts Education and NAEP

    The Impact of Arts Education

    Visit our The Nation's Report Card: 2016 Arts page to see dynamic videos of four school-based arts programs across the country and how they are making a difference in students' lives. You can also watch an archived webcast of our release event, and view the press release, an abridged framework, a one-pager, and other videos to watch and share.

  • Hidden Figures:  Black Girls in STEM

    Explore Our Hidden Figures

    Inspired by the movie "Hidden Figures", visit our special page with four sharable infographics and a dynamic video featuring Board member Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. They all feature contextual data from NAEP's most recent reports for STEM (science, technology and engineering literacy, and mathematics) and how those findings shed a light on the achievement of black 8th-grade girls in these important subjects.

  • April 29: NAEP Long-Term Trend Debate Continues

    April 29: NAEP Long-Term Trend Debate Continues

    At the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, there will be a lively debate at an April 29 forum on the merits and future of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Long-Term Trend assessment, a continuous national indicator of student achievement in reading and mathematics that's been around for more than four decades. Read more about it and catch up on materials from our March 2 panel on this very topic.

  • Board Approves Comprehensive Strategic Vision

    Strategic Vision: 2016-2020

    The National Assessment Governing Board approved a strategic vision at its recent quarterly meeting that will shape outreach and innovation for The Nation's Report Card, also known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The objective of this four-year vision will be to maintain the relevance and usefulness of NAEP. Download our release and one-pager to find out more.

  • October 27 Release for NAEP 2015 Science

    Explore NAEP Science

    Watch our archived webcast of our release event for The Nation’s Report Card:2015 Science at the National Air and Space Museum. Also check out our video featuring an 8th-grade student discussing contextual variables from our science report and how they relate to her life.

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