Maine’s schools participate regularly in multiple national and international assessments. Maine’s involvement varies from year to year.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as “the Nation’s Report Card,” is a measurement of student achievement over time in the United States. NAEP is the largest nationally-representative assessment of what students in every state know and can do in various subject areas.
NAEP is a congressionally-authorized project of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act legislation. From developing frameworks and questions to the reporting of results, NAEP represents the best thinking of assessment and content specialists, State education staff and teachers from around the nation.
District and school participation in NAEP every other year (odd-numbered years) at grades 4 and 8 is mandatory according to ESSA. In 2017, a representative sample of Maine’s students in these grades took a digitally based NAEP assessment in academic subjects mathematics and reading. In addition to math and reading, test questions in civics geography, U.S. history, and writing were piloted to prepare for future digital assessments. A small sub sample of students participated in paper and pencil assessments. The NAEP testing window occurred from January 30 through March 10. The students who participated took NAEP in only one subject area, on one day, for 90-120 minutes during the assessment window.
Maine is scheduled to receive its 2017 state-level achievement results for grades 4 and 8 in the winter of 2018. The 2017 results will also be posted on the Nation's Report Card website.
Maine also participates in the following international assessments on a periodic basis: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), Progress in Informational Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).
In the spring of 2017, Maine will participate in the Middle Grades Longitudinal Study of 2017-2018 with dates to be determined.
For more information about NAEP results for Maine students, please use the following links:
- An overview of Maine student performance in math, science and reading
- A summary of the national and state results
- Examples of retired NAEP questions (free to use for instruction!)
- A brief history of NAEP
State Coordinator of NAEP and International Assessments