The 2016 Nation’s Report Card (NAEP)

Commonly referred to as the Nation’s Report Card, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only continuing, national measure of the academic achievement of America’s public and private schools. For nearly 50 years, student performance has been measured in the following subjects: reading, math, writing, science, U.S. history, civics, economics, technology and engineering literacy, geography and the arts. The 2016 NAEP marked the fifth national assessment of both music and visual arts disciplines.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress in the Arts demonstrates that creativity—the skill in high demand in our fast-paced information age—is learned and can be assessed. In addition to measuring students’ knowledge and skills in visual arts and music, the NAEP Arts Assessment also highlights how the availability of resources and opportunities in arts education may relate to student achievement.



Nation’s Arts Report Card (NAEP 2016) TOOLKIT

The following organizations have collaborated on the Nation’s Arts Report Card Toolkit: Americans for the Arts, Arts Education Partnership, Educational Theatre Association, League of American Orchestras, National Art Education Association, National Association for Music Education and the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education.

For resources and findings related to the 2008 Nation’s Arts Report Card, click here.