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New Jersey NAEP - The Nation's Report Card

NAEP Results for New Jersey

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is administered annually in New Jersey. However, due to our state's broad ethnic and socioeconomic diversity, state-specific results are only disseminated in the odd assessment years. The complete body of results from NAEP is referred to as the "Nation's Report Card" because it compares samples of students from each state. Because New Jersey reflects the demographic make-up of the nation as a whole, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) includes New Jersey students in each year's NAEP administration.

New Jersey last received state-specific NAEP results in 2015. Due to the fact that the 2017 NAEP assessment was administered on both a paper-based and digital platform, results from this year's administration will be released later than usual. The results from the 2017 administration are expected to be released in late January 2018, pending congressional approval.

To see the 2015 New Jersey overall NAEP results, as well as explore performance by student subgroup and compare New Jersey's performance to other states, please view the NAEP State Profile site.

NAEP Item Maps (NIM) - Item maps illustrate what students at each achievement level are likely to know and can do. See the Quick Reference Guide to learn about using item maps.


NAEP Assessment Frameworks – all NAEP frameworks are overseen by the National Assessment Governing Board.

NAEP and New Jersey State Assessments

NAEP and the New Jersey state assessments serve different purposes and are used together to inform education policy.   These assessments also differ in the content and skills that are measured, difficulty of test items, and methods used for setting performance standards (i.e., the cut points for determining achievement levels).  The document here shows a more in-depth look at the similarities and differences between NAEP and the New Jersey state assessments.

NAEP Used As a Metric to Compare States

  • NAEP State Mapping Study, National Center for Education Statistics  [2013] [2009] [2007] [2005]
  • Mapping State Proficiency Standards onto NAEP Scales: Variations & Changes [2005-2009]