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National Assessment of Educational Progress


April 2014

Author: Kim Potts

Questions and Answers

On November 7, 2013, the National Assessment Governing Board released the results from the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in math and reading. Tennessee was one of only three states/jurisdictions that scored higher in 2013 than in 2011 in both subjects at grades 4 and 8. On three of the four assessments, Tennessee’s average score was within one point of the national average; although the state is still well below the top scoring states, its gains on NAEP are significant. This brief provides general information about NAEP, including what the assessments cover, who takes the tests, who administers the tests, and what NAEP proficiency levels mean.