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Sample Questions in Civics


Test Yourself...then see how students responded to the same questions on NAEP. The following is an example of a grade 4 extended constructed-response question that requires the intellectual skill of "evaluating, taking, and defending a position" in the content area, "What are the roles of citizens in American democracy?" Student responses were scored according to a 4-point scale as "Complete," "Acceptable," "Partial," or "Unacceptable." The sample response below is an example of a "Complete" response.

Overall, 18 percent of students were scored as having a "Complete" response. When only the students in the Proficient category are considered, 40 percent were scored "Complete."

Grade 4 Extended Constructed-Response question. National percentage

See more about this question in the NAEP Questions Tool.

View this question, at score 249, 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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