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.
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