National & International Assessments



2022-2023 Assessment Activities Calendar PDF


2022-2023 Assessment Brief Information 2022-2023 PDF


Assessment Calendar IES NCES PDF


National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) & the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released a reporting dashboard on How Students Are Receiving Instruction Using NAEP Data 


Given the high interest in understanding how students are attending school this year, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has released key findings from the School Pulse Panel and MyNAEP school data via a dashboard.  NCES asked schools in December 2021 and January 2022 about the proportion of students attending school in-person full-time, in-person part-time, or remote full-time as part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) sampling and data collection process. In addition, schools responded to questions about their masking policies for staff and students and their social distancing policies.


Watch A Brief History & Evolution on NAEP


National Assessment of Education Progress 

(NAEP) 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 specific areas tested.

This assessment 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. 

NAEP 2022 Activities Across the Nation & In Maine (PDF)

What's Happening in NAEP Across our Country?

What's Happening in NAEP in our State of Maine?

National Assessment Governing Board Announces Updated NAEP Schedule

The National Assessment Governing Board confirmed and released an updated for the NAEP Assessments.  Scheduling changes including those for the biennial Mathematics and Reading Assessments, as well as other content area.  A clickable link to the pdf of the document on the NAGB website is provided here.

Link to Updated NAEP Schedule PDF

Why Are the Same Schools in the Sample Again?

Even though the NAEP 2021 student assessments were postponed due to the pandemic, sampled schools still provided data for the NAEP 2021 Monthly School Survey and the NAEP School and Teacher Questionnaire Study. The NAEP 2022 school sample will represent the 2022 student population while also maximizing overlap with the NAEP 2021 school sample. Maximizing the overlapping school samples between NAEP 2022 and 2021 opens up the possibility of studying student performance, as measured by NAEP, within the unique context provided by the two NAEP studies that were administered in the 2020–2021 school year. 

NAEP 2022 COVID-19 Protocols

The NAEP 2022 COVID-19 mitigation protocol has been developed using CDC guidelines with the input of health professionals. These protocols are intended to be flexible to adapt to the changing landscape presented by COVID-19. NAEP representatives will work with districts and schools to ensure that their COVID-19 protocols are also followed. Click here to view the protocol.

NAEP Frameworks & Design

Each of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessments is based on an organizing framework. The Governing Board is responsible for developing both the framework and test specifications that serve as the blueprint for the assessment. The frameworks are devised through a development process that ensures they meet current educational requirements. The National Assessment Governing Board develops the NAEP frameworks for each subject. 

Frameworks define the subject-specific content and thinking skills needed by students to deal with the complex issues they encounter in and out of the classroom. Assessments must be flexible and mirror changes in educational objectives and curricula. Therefore, the frameworks must be both forward-looking and responsive, balancing current teaching practices with research findings. The NAEP frameworks are located here. 



Nation's Report Card


International Assessments

Since the late 1980s, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has coordinated the United States' participation in international studies. These include the large-scale surveys comparing early childhood learning, student performance, teacher training and teaching, as well as adult skills.

NCES International Assessments

Nation's Report Card


International Assessments

Since the late 1980s, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has coordinated the United States' participation in international studies. These include the large-scale surveys comparing early childhood learning, student performance, teacher training and teaching, as well as adult skills.

NCES International Assessments


The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) focuses on the achievement and reading experiences of children in at least 35 countries in grades equivalent to fourth grade in the United States. The study includes a written test of reading comprehension and a series of questionnaires focusing on the factors associated with the development of reading literacy. The study is conducted in the U.S. by NCES and implemented by RTI International. Internationally, PIRLS is led out of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, or IEA for short. The study measures reading achievement at the 4th grade as well as school and teacher practices related to reading instruction. By participating in PIRLS, the U.S. is able to compare the reading, knowledge, and skills of our 4th graders to their peers in over 40 countries. The study has been conducted every 5 years since 2001 with the latest round administered in the spring of 2016. In the U.S. this data collection included students from about 176 schools from 42 states. 

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The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international assessment that is conducted every three years.  PISA measures 15-year-old students' reading, mathematics, and science literacy.  The major domain of study rotates between reading, mathematics, and science in each cycle. PISA also includes measures of general or cross-curricular competencies, such as collaborative problem solving. By design, PISA emphasizes functional skills that students have acquired as they near the end of compulsory schooling. PISA is coordinated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization of industrialized countries, and is conducted in the United States by NCES.  PISA was first conducted in 2000. Data collection for the most recent assessment was completed in Fall 2018.  PISA 2015 assessed students' science, reading, and mathematics literacy in more than 70 countries and education systems.  In PISA 2018, the major domain was reading literacy, although mathematics and science literacy were also assessed. The United States, along with 20 other countries and education systems, also participated in the optional financial literacy assessment in 2018, with the results released in May 2020. Follow the link below for additional information on PISA or to see previous results, FAQs, released items, and more. 

Visit PISA Website 

More information about PISA and resources, including the OECD's PISA reports, PISA assessment frameworks, and international data files, are available at the OECD's website.


The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS; formerly known as the Third International Mathematics and Science Study) is a study of classrooms across the country and around the world. TIMSS provides trend data on students' mathematics and science achievement from an international perspective. Through participation in TIMSS, the United States has gained reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of our students compared to that of students in other countries. TIMSS is the longest ongoing international student assessment. Since 1995, TIMSS has measured trends in academic achievement at grades 4 and 8 in more than 60 countries around the world, including the United States. Results from these assessments are used by researchers and policymakers to chart national progress against international standards and other countries around the world, informing national discussions about international competitiveness. For the first time, in 2019, TIMSS was administered digitally. The electronic version of TIMSS, sometimes called “eTIMSS,” will be on the same scale and comparable to the previous paper versions of TIMSS. A small number of Maine schools have been selected for this study. 

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TIMMS 2019 US Results

TIMMS 2019 National Results

TIMMS 2019 Fast Facts


2019 NAEP Grade 12 Release of Math & Reading

In 2019, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics and reading assessments were administered to representative samples of grade twelve students in the nation and state. A small number of Maine's grade 12 students participated in the assessment. The assessment was administered only at the national level. Results of the study are located on the Nations Report card website