WestEd is assisting the National Assessment Governing Board in updating the Mathematics and Reading Assessment Frameworks for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card.

For more than four decades, NAEP has served an invaluable role in tracking the nation’s student achievement across time and content areas. NAEP measures the academic achievement of elementary and secondary students through assessments in reading, mathematics, science, writing, and other subjects. The information collected provides a snapshot of the condition of education in the United States.

Under a contract awarded by the National Assessment Governing Board, WestEd is leading the development of recommendations for updating the NAEP Mathematics and Reading Assessment Frameworks. Focusing on Mathematics in 2018-2019, then on Reading in 2019-2020, WestEd is convening panels of subject-matter experts, practitioners, and members of the general public to develop recommendations for updating each NAEP framework. The final phase of the framework update project gathers public comment on the draft version of each framework. WestEd has partnered with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) for outreach and gathering public comment.

The resulting updates to the frameworks will be reflected in the administration of the 2025 Mathematics and Reading NAEP.

For more information, please refer to the National Assessment Governing Board's Math Framework Update Officially Launched  News Release.

  • Congressionally-mandated independent measure of student achievement

  • Reports group-level performance (no results for individual students or schools)

  • Reports scale scores and achievement levels

  • Provides state-level and urban district-level results in several subject areas

  • Administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

  • An independent bipartisan board established by Congress in 1988 to oversee NAEP and to set policy for all aspects of NAEP:

    • Determine the assessment schedule

    • Develop assessment frameworks

    • Review and approve assessment and survey items

    • Design methodology to ensure valid and reliable assessment

    • Set achievement levels

    • Release the Nation’s Report Card

  • Developed through a comprehensive, inclusive, and deliberative process

  • Describe the content and format of a NAEP assessment

    • What to measure at each grade

    • How to measure it

    • How achievement levels are to be represented

  • Written for diverse audience of educators, policymakers, and the public

  • The NAEP Mathematics Assessment has not yet been informed by:

    • Recent standards, curricula, and instruction

    • Research on cognitive development over last 20 years

    • Latest perspectives on nation's future needs and desirable levels of achievement

Visioning and Development Panels were drawn from the following stakeholder groups and organizations:

Stakeholder Groups

  • Teachers

  • State and District Directors

  • Policymakers from Educational Organizations

  • Content Specialists

  • Business Representatives

  • Researchers and Technical Experts


  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

  • TODOS: Mathematics for ALL

  • Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences

  • Mathematical Association of America

  • Council of the Great City Schools

  • Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics

  • Business Roundtable

  • National School Boards Association

  • National Association of Elementary School Principals

  • National Association of Secondary School Principals

  • Project Kickoff​                           

    • September 20, 2018

  • Visioning Panel Meeting          

    • November 7-8, 2018​

  • Development Panel Meetings​ 

    • December 5-6, 2018

    • January 9-10, 2019

    • February 12-13, 2019

  • Public Comment Period           

    • April 22 - June 7, 2019​

  • Final Review

  • Final Framework Documents​  ​