Additional Tests
In addition to state tests, such as the MCAs, the Minnesota Department of Education reports on other types of tests taken by Minnesota students, like the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).


National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “The Nation’s Report Card,” is the only national assessment of what students know and can do in various subject areas. NAEP is given to a representative sample of students in grades 4, 8 and 12 in each state.

NAEP includes assessments in nine subjects following frameworks and assessment schedules set by the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB). Only Mathematics, Reading, Science and Writing are reported at the state level; all other subjects are reported at the national level only. 

2013 Minnesota Results
To view Minnesota's results for Math, Reading and Science, select one of the following links:

NAEP 2015
Testing for NAEP 2015 will take place from January 26 to March 6, 2015. The program will include the following assessments:

Operational Assessments
  • Mathematics grades 4, 8, and 12
  • Reading grades 4, 8, and 12
  • Science grades 4, 8, and 12

Special Studies
  • National Indian Education Study (NIES) grades 4 and 8
  • NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study grade 8
  • Knowledge and Skills Appropriate Study (KaSA) grades 4 and 8
Technology-Based Assessments Start-up
  • Mathematics, Reading, and Science grades 4, 8, and 12
  • Science Interactive Computer Tests (ICTs) and Hybrid Hands-On Tests (HOTs) Pilot grades 4, 8, and 12
State results will be available from the operational assessments (grades 4 and 8 in MN) and the NIES study.

The assessments are administered uniformly and serve as a common metric across all states. NAEP results are based on a representative sample of the student population and do not provide individual student or school results.

General information and nation-wide results
are available at the NAEP section of the National Center for Education Statistics website, or at Links to the NAEP and related websites are provided under related offsite resources. For more information contact Kate Beattie, Minnesota NAEP State Coordinator.