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Mathematics Assessment

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics assessment is given every two years to students at grades 4 and 8, and approximately every four years at grade 12. The most recent release of mathematics results was in 2015. The assessment measures both mathematics knowledge and the students’ ability to apply their knowledge in problem-solving situations. The results present a broad view of students’ mathematics knowledge, skills, and performance over time.

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Assessment Content

The mathematics framework defines five broad content areas and three levels of complexity. It also specifies the number of questions in each content area by grade. The framework also guides the collection and reporting of contextual information about students’ learning experience in and out of the classroom.The mathematics framework was updated in 2005, and again, in 2009. Learn more about the content areas, levels of complexity, survey questionnaires, and the the history of framework changes.

How is Your State or District Performing?

See snapshots of individual state and district performance in 2015 mathematics:

How Mathematics Results Are Reported

Student performance on the NAEP mathematics assessments is presented in two ways: scale scores and achievement levels.

  • Scale scores represent how students performed on the mathematics assessment. Scores are aggregated and reported at the student group level for the nation, states, and districts.
  • Achievement levels show how student performance measures up against defined expectations for achievement. Achievement levels include Basic (partial mastery of prerequisite knowledge), Proficient (competency of challenging subject matter), and Advanced (superior performance).

Item maps illustrate how specific mathematics knowledge and skills correspond to different NAEP achievement levels. Item maps answer the question, "What does it mean for students to be at Basic,Proficient, or Advanced in terms of what they know and can do?"

How to Interpret Mathematics Results

Find out how to interpret the results of the mathematics assessment, including the potential effects of exclusion on assessment results.

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Last updated 12 March 2018 (AA)