National Assessment of Educational Progress

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what U.S. students know and can do in various subjects.

NAEP is a congressionally mandated project administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

The first national administration of NAEP occurred in 1969.

The National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) is an independent, bipartisan board that sets policy for NAEP and is responsible for developing the framework and test specifications.

The National Assessment Governing Board, whose members are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education, includes governors, legislators, local and school officials, educators, business representatives, and members of the general public.

Congress created the 26-member Governing Board in 1988.