Distribution of Reading Questions: 2015

The NAEP reading framework specifies the particular dimensions of reading literacy to be measured, as well as the percentage of assessment questions that should be devoted to each. The target percentage distribution for the two types of reading—literary and informational—and the cognitive targets in the assessment are presented in the tables below.

Target and actual percentage distribution of questions, grades 4, 8, and 12, by reading type: 2015
Reading TypeGrade 4Grade 8Grade 12
TargetActualTargetActualTargetActual
Literary50504555
3030
Informational504955547070
SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2015 Reading Assessment.

The proportion of items related to each cognitive target changes from grade to grade to reflect the changing demands made of students as they mature.

Target and actual percentage distribution of questions, grades 4, 8, and 12, by cognitive target: 2015
Cognitive TargetGrade 4Grade 8Grade 12
TargetActualTargetActualTargetActual
Locate/Recall302320182017
Integrate/Interpret50615059
4560
Critique/Evaluate201630243523
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2015 Reading Assessment.

The tables above show the percentage of time students in a given grade would spend on NAEP items that measure each reading type (literary and informational) if they responded to all items in the NAEP reading assessment.


Last updated 22 October 2015 (FW)