Explore the Latest NAEP Mathematics Results

Read the Mathematics Report Card for the latest results, and see key findings in the Highlights

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Mathematics Results

Results for
the Nation

Results from the 2017 NAEP mathematics assessment are reported for public and private school students in the nation and are compared to results from previous years.

Results for
States /

Results are reported in 2017 for public school students at grades 4 and 8 in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools, and Puerto Rico.

Results for
Trial Urban

Results for the 2017 Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) are reported for public school students in 27 participating districts at grades 4 and 8.


See examples of fourth- and eighth-grade questions from the 2017 NAEP mathematics assessment and find out how students performed. Try some of the questions yourself.

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Learn more about the prevalence of students' access to digital technology, the activities and skills their teachers emphasize in the classroom, and their approaches to learning.

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About the Mathematics Assessment

How NAEP Assesses Mathematics

The NAEP mathematics assessment measures students' knowledge and skills in mathematics and students' ability to apply their knowledge in problem-solving situations. Students were assessed in five broad areas of mathematics that describe the full spectrum of mathematical content assessed by NAEP: number properties and operations; measurement; geometry; data analysis, statistics, and probability; and algebra.

  • In 2017, the NAEP mathematics assessment was administered for the first time as a digitally based assessment at grades 4 and 8; prior to 2017, the mathematics assessment had been administered on paper.
  • The mathematics assessment was administered on tablets with attached keyboards. Some questions included digital tools, such as an onscreen calculator or a virtual scratchpad.
  • The assessment included multiple-choice and constructed-response questions, most of which had also been administered in 2015. Short constructed-response questions required students to provide answers to computation problems or to describe solutions in one or two sentences. Extended constructed-response questions required students to give longer responses.

Learn more about the NAEP mathematics assessment.

The Story of NAEP

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a continuing and nationally representative measure of trends in academic achievement of U.S. elementary and secondary students in various subjects. It is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation's students know and can do in select subjects. It was first administered in 1969 to measure student achievement nationally. Teachers, principals, parents, policymakers, and researchers all use NAEP results to assess progress and develop ways to improve education in the United States.

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