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Sample Questions in Civics


Test Yourself...then see how students responded to the same questions on NAEP. The following grade 8 multiple-choice question addresses the skill of "explaining and analyzing" in the content area, "What are the foundations of the American political system?" The percentages below the question indicate how students performed on the question. In addition to the overall percentage of students who answered the question correctly, the percentage of students at each achievement level who answered the question correctly is presented. 

As an example of how to interpret these percentages, 28 percent of the students overall answered this question correctly. When only the students in the Proficient category are considered, 61 percent answered correctly.

Grade 8 Multiple-Choice question. National percentage correct in 2006. 28% of all students answered this multiple-choice question correctly. By achievement level 11% of students Below Basic answered this question correctly. 22% of students at Basic answered this question correctly. 61% of students at Proficient answered this question correctly. Reporting standards at Advanced were not met. The sample size was insufficient to permit a reliable estimate. The sample multiple-choice question is as follows:

See more about this question in the NAEP Questions Tool.

View this question, at score 208, on a map of NAEP civics items.

Find out what the civics assessment measures.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2006 Civics Assessment.

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