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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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    U.S. History Google Hangout

    On July 7 at noon (ET), we will post a Google Hangout featuring a variety of experts discuss history education in the context of scores from the 2014 NAEP U.S. history assessment and current trends in the education landscape. Read about our panel and submit a question for them before June 30.

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    NAEP 101

    Check out the Governing Board's new video introduction to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation's Report Card. This animated video describes the wide range of subjects NAEP tests and how its results provide a unique and vital resource for improving academic achievement.

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    Welcome Our New Executive Director

    Read all about William Bushaw, appointed as the Governing Board's new executive director. The education leader brings a wealth of experience to the job. Find out more about Dr. Bushaw's background and his thoughts on his new role that officially starts July 27.

  • The Nation's Report Card: 2014 - U.S. History, Geography, Civics

    Findings and Materials for 2014 NAEP U.S. History, Geography, and Civics Now Available

    View report findings, webinar panelist statements, a press release, and a special video from U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander on our NAEP assessments in U.S. History, Geography, and Civics. See how we put the findings of our nation's 8th graders in a broader context.

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    Extra! Extra! Our First Newsletter!

    Read the Governing Board's first quarterly newsletter that documents upcoming and recent events, various activities, profiles of Board members, long-term goals, and resources and connections for our readers. You can also sign-up to receive future editions via e-mail.

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    Vocabulary Knowledge in grades 4 and 8

    The findings from the newest Nation's Report Card–Vocabulary Results From the 2013 NAEP Reading Assessment– details how well students use words to gain meaning from the passages they read. Find out who made gains from 2011 to 2013 and what the results say about reading comprehension. Read a sample passage and vocabulary words used in the assessment.

  • 2013 Puerto Rico Math NAEP Release

    Special Bilingual Page for NAEP Puerto Rico Report

    View our interactive page in English and Spanish for the results of The Nation's Report Card: 2013 Mathematics Assessment in Puerto Rico. We host videos of education experts, a press release, and a link to findings of how public school students in grades 4 and 8 perform in the U.S. territory.

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    Video of Feb. 25 NAEP Google Hangout Available

    Watch the edited video of the Google Hangout discussion led by Board members and education leaders Doris Hicks and Rebecca Gagnon. They reveal how teachers, administrators, and parents can put tools and resources from The Nation's Report Card into action to help improve student achievement and inform decision-making.

  • Boy with backpack on - NAEP DATA BACKPACK 5 ways to use NAEP this school year

    NAEP Resources For Your School Year

    As classrooms all across the United States are getting underway, view our interactive data backpack: a collection of valuable tools, information and resources from The Nation's Report Card that parents, educators and students can use throughout the school year.

  • State and Urban District Charts

    New Interactive Maps for States and Urban Districts

    View interactive maps that compare student performance on NAEP in all 50 states and 21 large urban school districts to achievement trends across the nation in reading and mathematics at grades 4 and 8. The maps also feature charts on achievement gaps by race/ethnicity and links to online tools to more NAEP data and resources.

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