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National NAEP & International Assessments
International Activities Program: In addition to administering the National Assessment of educational progress (NAEP), the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) supports a variety of activities to provide statistical data for cross-national comparisons of education through the International Activities Program. On behalf of the United States, NCES participates in the International Indicators of Education Systems (INES), a program of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization of 35 member countries. NCES conducts the following international assessments and surveys in the United States:
- PISA: an international assessment that measures 15-year-old students' reading, mathematics, and science literacy. Administered every 3 years based on its own framework.
- PIRLS: An international comparative assessment that measures student learning in reading. PIRLS documents worldwide trends in the reading knowledge of 4th-graders as well as school and teacher practices related to instruction. Administered every 5 years based on its own framework.
- TIMSS: A mathematics and science assessment that compares achievement of U.S. 4thand 8th grade students to 4thand 8th grade students in other countries. Administered every 4 years based on its own framework.
- ICILS: A computer-based international assessment of 8th-grade students' capacities "to use information communications technologies (ICT) productively for a range of different purposes, in ways that go beyond a basic use of ICT." Administered every 5 years based on its own framework.
These international assessments have no direct relationship to Colorado Academic Standards and cannot be compared to our CMAS state assessment. No individual, school, district, or state level results are available for any of these assessments.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only assessment that measures what U.S. students know and can do in various subjects across the nation, states, and in some urban districts. Also known as The Nation’s Report Card, NAEP has provided important information about how students are performing academically since 1969.
NAEP is a congressionally mandated project administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
NAEP is given to a representative sample of students across the country in 10 different subject areas
NAEP Assessment Schedule
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) maintains the schedule for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessments and the release of assessment results to the nation, states, and districts.
All assessments take place between January and March, except for long-term trend (LTT) assessments. LTT assessments take place from October to May when administered.
2021 Assessment Schedule
October 4 - 29, 2021
Canceled due to Covid-19 concerns
Civics and US History Grade 8
Canceled due to Covid-19 concerns
2018 History Grade 8
- Approximately 16,400 eighth-grade students participated in the 2018 U.S. history assessment. The 2018 results are compared to those from 2014 and to previous U.S. history assessments dating back to 1994.
2018 Civics Grade 8 Results
- Approximately 13,400 eighth-grade students participated in the 2018 civics assessment. The 2018 results are compared to those from 2014 and to previous civics assessments back to 1998.
2018 Geography Results
- Approximately 12,900 eighth-grade students participated in the 2018 geography assessment. Results are compared to those from 2014 and the previous geography assessments back to 1994.