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Test Yourself...then see how students responded to the same questions on NAEP. The following multiple-choice question from the grade 12 economics assessment measured student knowledge of the content area International Economy. 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, 61 percent of the students overall answered this question correctly. When only the students at the Proficient level are considered, 76 percent answered correctly.

Grade 12 multiple-choice question. National percentage correct in 2006. 61% of all students answered this multiple-choice question correctly. By achievement level, 33% of students Below Basic answered this question correctly. 58% of students at Basic answered this question correctly. 76% of students at Proficient answered this question correctly. Reporting standards at Advanced were not met. Sample size was insufficient to permit a reliable estimate. The question is as follows: Because Country A has no domestic sources of wood, it imports all of its wood from wood-producing countries. If the price of wood in wood-producing countries rises substantially, which of the following is most likely to occur? a) Country A will import more wood to meet rising demand, b) Country A will impose a tariff on wood imports, c) Housing prices in Country A will increase as wood imports become more expensive, d) Profits in other wood-producing countries will increase because of increased exports to Country A. The correct answer is c.

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