States and school districts will have to revise their accountability reports to include scores on a national test known as the nation’s report card, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, according to new federal regulations released today by the U.S. Department of Education.

NAEP contradicted state tests last year in New York by showing much less proficiency among all students. In New York City, the test showed that students were making little academic progress under the Bloomberg administration. The results contradicted state test results and aided critics of Mayor Bloomberg who have argued that his school plan is not working as well as he claims.

Tomorrow, I’ll let you know how the Department of Education plans to incorporate NAEP results into its accountability reports.

I’ll also take a look at how the other two regulations released today will affect New York City. (They are all tied to the federal No Child Left Behind law. The next two have to do with high school graduation rate reporting and students’ access to free tutoring and school transfers.)