Definitions for "National Assessment of Educational Progress"
"Assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas," given at regular intervals in schools across the country. Also known as "The Nation's Report Card."
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 identifies NEAP as the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what American students know and can do in various subject areas. Since 1969, the National Center for Education Statistics has conducted NEAP assessments in reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, geography, civics, and the arts.
a congressionally mandated project of the National Center for Educational Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, which since 1969 collects and reports information on what American students, in both public and private elementary and secondary schools, know and can do in several subjects including reading, mathematics, science, writing, history, and geography; "the nation's report card." Note: The project has recently (1992) extended its coverage to include aspects of adult literacy. For a recent report of the status of reading performance in American schools, see Reading Report Card for the Nation and States (Mullis et al., 1993).