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National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a congressionally mandated project under the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics that collects and reports student performance in the United States. Commonly referred to as the nation's report card, NAEP includes information on reading, mathematics, science, writing, history, and geography for elementary and secondary school students who attend both public and private school. NAEP results are based on representative samples of students at grades 4, 8, and 12 for the main assessments. The NAEP has been in place since 1969, although it was updated in 1992 to include information on adult literacy.
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