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Colorado NAEP

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Collin Bonner
NAEP State Coordinator
Assessment Division
(303) 895-5750 

Important Announcements

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is beginning its assessments for the 2024-2025 school year. Please find below an outline of the upcoming assessment activities, including the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP),and the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).

In 2025, the following assessments will be administered:

Assessment / Subject

NAEP Mathematics and Reading 


Grade or Age Level

Grades 4, 8, 

Grade 7 or higher and born in 2009

Administration Window

January 25 – March 7, 2025

March 17 – May 9, 2025

*Under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, Colorado district applications for Title I funds include an assurance that the district will participate in the biennial NAEP Mathematics and Reading assessments at grades 4 and 8. The  U.S. History, Civics, Long-Term Trend and international assessments are voluntary.

About The National Assessment of Educational Progress

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a.k.a. “the Nation’s Report Card,” is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in different subject areas. Its two major goals are to measure student achievement and to report change in performance over time. NAEP provides results for the nation as a whole and for the states separately.

Performance is reported by groups of students, e.g. by total, by gender, by racial and ethnic groups, and by participation in special programs such as those servicing students with special needs and limited English proficiency. Each of these assessments/studies is based on a representative sample of the student population of the state and the nation and none are designed to produce individual district, school or student data.

Beginning in 2003, participation in NAEP has been linked to Title I funding by the federal "No Child Left Behind Act" within Colorado. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), first passed in 1965. The ESEA Reauthorization of 2001 (No Child Left Behind) included language pertaining to participation in NAEP mathematics and reading at grades 4 and 8 for states and local districts that receive Title I funds.  ESSA did not make any changes to the law regarding the authorization of or participation in NAEP.  NAEP selects a sample of schools to participate as described here. Colorado and its schools selected for NAEP must participate in 4th and 8th grade assessments in reading and mathematics to receive state and district Title I funding.

Colorado 2024-2025 NAEP

Assessment window: January – March 2025

Assessment Subjects/ Grades

Grades 4, 8, and 12 Mathematics, and Reading, 

Test Mode

Computer Based Assessment

25 students per session

Approximate Test Time

90 minutes per session

Past NAEP Results

NAEP Administration Resources

NAEP Assessment Frameworks

NAEP frameworks provide the blueprint for the content and design of each NAEP assessment. 

For each framework, the NAEP Governing Board works with a committee of subject matter experts, practitioners, and members of the general public  including researchers, educators, business leaders, and policymakers to develop a rich and rigorous set of standards that define what students should know and be able to do in a particular subject.