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Collin Bonner
NAEP State Coordinator
Assessment Division

Important Announcements

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is beginning its assessments for the 2021-2022 school year. Please find below an outline of the upcoming assessment activities, including the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). This letter contains further information about these assessments, studies, and reports planned for the upcoming year.

In 2022, the following assessments will be administered:

Assessment / Subject

NAEP Reading and Mathematics*

NAEP U.S. History and Civics

NAEP Long-Term Trend

PIRLS Reading

PISA Mathematics Field Testing

TIMSS Mathematics and Science Field Testing

Grade or Age Level

Grades 4 and 8

Grade 8


Grade 5


Grades 4 and 8

Administration Window

January – March 2022

January – March 2022

March – May 2022

October 2021

September – October 2021

March – May 2022


*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.

Past NAEP Results

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