National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) - Mathematics

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics assessment is given every two years to students at grades 4 and 8, and approximately every four years at grade 12. The assessment measures both mathematics knowledge and the students’ ability to apply their knowledge in problem-solving situations. The results present a broad view of students’ mathematics knowledge, skills, and performance over time. The most recent mathematics assessment was given in 2019 to approximately 149,500 students in grade 4 and 147,400 students in grade 8. The instruments used in the NAEP mathematics assessment are composed of blocks of cognitive items from the previous NAEP assessments, as well as blocks that are newly developed for the current assessment.

Content

Sub-Category
Domains
Operations & Algebraic Thinking,
Number & Operations in Base Ten,
Number & Operations—Fractions,
Measurement & Data,
Ratios & Proportional Relationships,
Geometry,
The Number System,
Statistics & Probability
Subdomain

Comprehensive

Grades
4th Grade,
8th Grade,
12th Grade
Languages
English
Respondent
Student

Administration Information

Length
20-30 minutes
Qualifications

N/A

Administration
Computer
Timed
Yes

Access and Use

Price

Not available for data collection

Contact

877-457-3337

Open Access
No
Use in Research

Lee, J., & Reeves, T. (2012). Revisiting the impact of NCLB high-stakes school accountability, capacity, and resources: State NAEP 1990-2009 reading and math achievement gaps and trends. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 34(2), 209-231. https://doi.org/10.3102/0162373711431604

Lubienski ST, Lubienski C. School Sector and Academic Achievement: A Multilevel Analysis of NAEP Mathematics Data. American Educational Research Journal. 2006;43(4):651-698. https://doi.org/10.3102/00028312043004651

Swanson CB, Stevenson DL. Standards-Based Reform in Practice: Evidence on State Policy and Classroom Instruction from the NAEP State Assessments. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. 2002;24(1):1-27. https://doi.org/10.3102/01623737024001001

Psychometrics

Scoring
Computer scoring
Referencing
Criterion-referenced
Psychometric References

Congress has called for ongoing evaluation of the assessment as a whole. In response to these legislative mandates, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has established expert panels to study NAEP. These panels have produced reports that address numerous NAEP issues.

National Center for Education Statistics. (2018). NAEP technical documentation. https://www.nagb.gov/content/nagb/assets/documents/publications/framewo…

Daro, P., Hughes, G. B., & Stancavage, F. (2015). Study of the alignment of the 2015 NAEP mathematics items at grades 4 and 8 to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. San Mateo, CA: American Institutes for Research. https://www.air.org/sites/default/files/downloads/report/Study-of-Align…

Daro, P., Hughes, G. B., Stancavage, F., Shepard, L., Webb, D., Kitmitto, S., & TuckerBradway, N. (in press). A comparison of the 2017 NAEP mathematics assessment with current generation state assessments in mathematics: Expert judgment study. San Mateo: CA: American Institutes for Research.

Behuniak, P. (2015). Maintaining the validity of the National Assessment of Educational Progress in a Common Core based environment. San Mateo, CA: American Institutes for Research. https://www.air.org/sites/default/files/Validity-NAEP-Common-CoreEnviro…

Hughes, Gerunda; Behuniak, Peter; Norton, Scott; Kitmitto, Sami; Buckley, Jack, (2019) NAEP Validity Studies Panel Responses to the Reanalysis of TUDA Mathematics Scores. https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED599642.pdf

National Comparison
Yes
Item Type
Multiple choice
Open response