National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
NAEP policy is set by the National Assessment Governing Board. As a bipartisan, independent federal board, the Governing Board decides on the content and performance standards for NAEP. They are also responsible for setting the schedule of assessments.
Results are compared to results of previous NAEP assessments to show growth. Students’ performance on the assessment is described in terms of percentages of students attaining three achievement levels: Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. The achievement levels are collective judgments of what students should know and be able to do.
NAEP has been an operational national assessment since 1969 with national results only. In 1990, NAEP began a trial-state assessment. West Virginia participated in State NAEP every year since 1990. Caution should be used when comparing state results from the NAEP assessment and the state testing program, WESTEST 2. Both these assessments provide valuable information; however, they are different tests and should be considered as such. Review Comparisons of NAEP and the federal state assessment program for overall comparions of the NAEP program and an overview of the federally required state assessment program. For West Virginia specific information, see NAEP and WESTEST 2 comparisons.
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