NAEP Focus on Interpreting Words
As part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in reading, students are asked to demonstrate their understanding of words as used in literary and informational texts. This focus on students’ understanding of words in varied contexts highlights the importance of vocabulary in reading comprehension. Students' performance on the vocabulary questions is analyzed separately from the reading comprehension results and reported on a separate 0–500 vocabulary scale. Vocabulary scores are available for 2009, 2011, and 2013 at grades 4 and 8, and for 2009 and 2013 at grade 12.