2021 Nation’s Report Card On Hold


Statement from Patricia Levesque, CEO of ExcelinEd, on the National Center for Educational Statistics decision to put the 2021 National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) test on hold because of the pandemic.

“For 50 years, NAEP has informed the public about what our nation’s students know and can do. It is the only measure of student academic performance that is comparable from state to state and over time. It is an important external check on state data and gives us a better understanding of trends in student performance. 

Delaying the administration for one year is a prudent decision and will not disrupt the valuable state comparisons or trend line. Unlike the NAEP, state testing data that can provide student, school, district, and state level results should not be delayed this spring. It is critically important to ensure every student counts this year, especially for students who are historically underserved. Parents need to receive information on how their child is doing, and district and state level leaders need to understand where resources need to be deployed to support students and teachers for the following school year.”

Patricia Levesque, ExcelinEd CEO

Solution Areas:

School Accountability



About the Author

Patricia Levesque is the Chief Executive Officer for ExcelinEd.