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Sample Questions in U.S. history

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The following multiple-choice question from the grade 4 U.S. history assessment measured analysis and interpretation skills for the theme of Democracy. The percentages below 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, 46 percent of the students overall answered this question correctly. When only the students at the Proficient level are considered, 73 percent answered correctly.

Grade 4 multiple-choice question. National percentage correct in 2006. 46% of all students answered this multiple-choice question correctly. By achievement level, 25% of students Below Basic answered this question correctly. 49% of students at Basic answered this question correctly. 73% 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 question is as follows: Abraham Lincoln said

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View this question, at score 253, on a map of NAEP U.S. history items.

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

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