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Distribution of Geography Questions 2010

Target and actual percentage distribution of items, by content area and grade: 2010
  Grade 4 Grade 8 Grade 12
Content Area Target Actual Target Actual Target Actual
Space and Place 40 42 40 38 40 41
Environment and Society 30 27 30 35 30 32
Spatial Dynamics 30 31 30 26 30 27
SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2010 Geography Assessment.


Target and actual percentage distribution of items, by cognitive area and grade: 2010
  Grade 4 Grade 8 Grade 12
Cognitive Area Target Actual Target Actual Target Actual
Knowing 45 34 40 33 30 27
Understanding 30 37 30 45 30 35
Applying 25 29 30 22 40 38
SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2010 Geography Assessment.

The distribution of items among the various geography content areas is a critical feature of the assessment design, as it reflects the relative importance given to each of the curricular content areas within geography. As has been the case with past NAEP assessments in geography, the categories receive different emphasis at each grade level.

View additional information about the assessment in the Geography Framework (587K PDF).

Read more about the geography assessment.


Last updated 07 July 2011 (ML)
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