National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Students across the state will join hundreds of thousands of their peers across the country to take the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test. The test will be administered January 26 – March 6, 2009.

“Now is the time to move Mississippi’s collective scores to a level we can all be proud of. Business and industry use NAEP as a key indicator of academic achievement when considering where to locate and expand,” State Superintendent of Education Dr. Hank Bounds said. “This is a time when the entire state needs to come together to support students and their efforts to perform their best on the test.”

For the past two years students have been heavily engaged in a more rigorous curriculum set by the Mississippi Board of Education and have taken more rigorous state assessments that have been matched to the standards of NAEP.

NAEP, also known as the Nation’s Report Card, is administered every other year and is the only national assessment that shows what students across the country know and can do in subjects like reading, mathematics and writing.

The U.S. Department of Education randomly selects the schools that will be included so that those who are tested are representative of the entire state.

Of our 152 school districts, 118 districts have schools that will be included. Not all schools in a district will be tested and not all students in a participating school will be tested. Testing is not mandatory; parents have the option of pulling their children out of the pool of students to be tested.

Questions? Contact: Pete Smith, Director of Communications at the Mississippi Department of Education, 601-359-1336

Click here to view testing dates and a list of schools that will participate.

Click here to learn more about NAEP.

Click here to read Dr. Bounds’ recent column about NAEP.

Click on the links below to view videos about the NAEP.

For 4th and 8th grade teachers:

For 12th grade teachers:

For students:

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