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NAEP Questions

How NAEP Questions Are Used

The questions in the NAEP Questions Tool are presented for the use of teachers, parents, students, and others as

  • examples of what NAEP asks students at grades 4, 8, and 12 for main NAEP, and at ages 9, 13, and 17 for long-term trend;
  • exemplars of questions that probe students' knowledge of a specific content area; and
  • a way to compare an individual's performance on a specific question to that of the students across the nation and in the state.

Since some questions must be kept secure for use in future NAEP assessments, only a portion of each NAEP assessment is released. Consequently, the released questions in this tool do not represent complete coverage of the content, cognitive skills, and range of difficulty in the NAEP assessment for a particular subject area. These questions are not intended to be used as practice tests for future NAEP assessments.

The NAEP released questions are assessment materials that can be used to show students' knowledge in Civics, Economics, Geography, Mathematics, Reading, Science, Writing, and U.S. History. In the case of long-term trend items, materials can be used to show progress of students over time in mathematics and reading. The questions may be used in any suitable way that educators, parents, or students wish. However, they are not intended as a way to "practice" for the NAEP assessments, because they are representative of only a small part of the assessment.

Copyright Policy

Material contained in the NAEP Questions Tool is from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). This material is in the public domain (excluding any third-party copyrighted material it may contain), and, therefore permission is not required to reproduce it. Users of NAEP items that include third-party copyrighted materials, e.g., reading passages, photographs, images, etc., must seek and receive copyright permission from the copyright holder before that material is reproduced elsewhere. Material that is copyrighted contains a citation line specifying the owner of the content.

Although all other material in the Tool is in the public domain and permission is not required to reproduce it, please print an acknowledgment of its source. You are encouraged to reproduce this material as needed.

If you publish any part of the questions, please include the acknowledgment below. The year and the name of the assessment you are using (e.g., 2007 reading) should appear at the end of the statement.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2007 Reading Assessment.

Percent Correct Column

The percent correct column in the Questions Tool shows the percent of students who answered a particular question correctly. For a constructed-response question in which students could earn partial or complete credit, the percent correct is computed by adding the percent of students receiving full credit to a fraction of the percent of the students receiving partial credit.

For example, some questions are scored correct, partial, or incorrect. If, for example, 16 percent of the students gave a fully correct answer on a question, and an additional 24 percent of the students gave a partial answer, the percent correct for this question would be computed as 16 + 1/2 (24) = 28. The partial results were weighted by 1/2 because there were two levels of credit for the question. Responses to a question with four levels of credit would receive weights of 1/4 (minimal), 1/2 (partial), and 3/4 (satisfactory).

Scoring Guides

The tool presents the scoring guides that were used by trained scorers during the assessments. The guides were intended to be used in face-to-face training of scorers rather than as stand-alone documents. Scoring guides used in the NQT sometimes include actual student responses. For inquiries about scoring guides for individual questions, go to Contact Us and submit your requests.

Number of Questions in the Tool

The table that follows contains the number of released questions in each assessment by subject, year, and grade for main NAEP. The same information is available by age for long-term trend. There are now more than 3,000 questions available in this tool, plus another 142 questions from the 1996 science assessment that are available in PDF form.

Because of copyright restrictions for much of the material used in the 1997 NAEP arts assessment, we are unable to put NAEP arts questions in the Questions Tool; however, most of the grade 8 Visual Arts, Theater, and Music questions are available as part of the NAEP 1997 Arts Report Card CD-ROM. A limited number of complimentary copies of the CD are available by calling (877) 433-7827. Additional copies are available for $15 each from the Government Printing Office. Call (202) 512-2250.

Released Main NAEP Questions by Subject, Year, Grade

Year199019921994199619982000200120022003200520062007200820092010201120122013
Grade481248124812481248124812481248124812481248124812481248124812481248124812
Subject                                                      
Arts                                     19                
Civics            303738               303838         30 57         
Economics                                53                 59   
Geography      434648         314933                     30 34         
U.S. History      475053         303034         334932         32 51         
Mathematics333841596963   252929            5967 325653   5453    313427   5147    464710
Reading   195246111910   108159     121082119 293124   1011    242526   3636    313020
Science               314538         424542         321734    16       
Writing            343      333          33          33      

Released Long-Term Trend Questions by Subject, Year, Age

Year20042008
Age9131791317
Subject      
Mathematics172028232323
Reading10999107

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