The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) economics assessment results present a broad view of how well our nation’s twelfth-grade students understand economics and the workings of domestic and international economics. Results are available at grade 12 in 2012 and in 2006 when the first NAEP economics assessment was administered. The most recent economics assessment was given in 2012 to approximately 10,900 students in grade 12.
The NAEP economics assessment measures how well twelfth-graders understand economics and markets, the benefits and costs of economics interaction and interdependence, and the choices people make regarding limited resources. The economics framework outlines what economics knowledge and skills students should have to reach Basic, Proficient, and Advanced achievement. Survey questionnaires, administered to students, teachers, and school administrators who participate in an economics assessment, are used to collect and report contextual information about students’ learning experience in and out of the classroom.
Student performance on the NAEP economics assessment is reported in two ways: scale scores and achievement levels.
Item maps illustrate how economics knowledge and skills correspond to the NAEP achievement levels. Item maps answer the question, “What assessment questions were likely to be answered correctly by students performing at the
Advanced achievement levels?
Find out how to interpret the results of the economics assessment, including the potential effects of exclusion on assessment results.