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National Assessment Governing Board
Symposium on Options for the Future of the
NAEP Long-Term Trend Assessment

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Registration: 9–9:30 a.m.
Program: 9:30–11:45 a.m. 
Hilton Alexandria Old Town


On Thursday, March 2, the National Assessment Governing Board, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and guest experts will discuss options for how best to proceed with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Long-Term Trend (LTT) assessment. 

Background Information

The NAEP LTT assessment has been administered since the early 1970s, establishing a continuous national indicator of student achievement in reading and mathematics. Since the early 1990s, the LTT assessment has been augmented with a newer version of NAEP, commonly referred to as main NAEP.

Main NAEP is transitioning to a digitally based assessment. Given this and other issues, the Governing Board, in partnership with NCES, is gathering recommendations on how best to proceed with NAEP’s LTT assessment and its relationship to main NAEP.

To inform any decision-making, the Governing Board has solicited five papers that identify issues to be addressed for the LTT assessment and consider its relationship to main NAEP. This symposium provides experts in the fields of assessment and education policy an opportunity to share their recommendations and to engage with Governing Board members and audience participants on how best to proceed.

To facilitate the discussion, Dr. Edward Haertel, the Jacks Family Professor of Education, Emeritus, at Stanford University, prepared a white paper on the history of the NAEP LTT assessment that includes a trenchant consideration of current issues. Speakers will discuss their responses to his paper.

Event Information

Register to attend no later than Tuesday, February 28.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Meet Confirmed Speakers and Panelists


Following the symposium, the Governing Board will hold its quarterly meeting on March 2–4, also at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town. 


The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card, is the largest continuing, nationally representative measure of what students know and can do in key subject areas.

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