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Sample questions in mathematics

Grade 4
 Grade 8
Test Yourself...then see how students responded to the same questions on NAEP.

This sample question measures fourth-graders' understanding of number properties and operations.

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, 36 percent of students overall answered this question correctly. When only the students in the Proficient category are considered, 46 percent answered correctly.

Grade 4 Multiple-Choice question. National percentage correct in 2007. 36% of all students answered this multiple-choice question correctly. By achievement level, 24% of students Below Basic answered this question correctly; 27% of students at Basic answered this question correctly; 46% of students at Proficient answered this question correctly; 77% of students at Advanced answered this question correctly. The sample question is as follows: The Ben Franklin Bridge was 75 years old in 2001. In what year was the bridge 50 years old? a) 1951, b) 1976, c) 1984, and d) 1986. The correct answer is b.

See more about this question in the NAEP Questions Tool.

View this question, at score 294, on a map of NAEP mathematics items.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2007 Mathematics Assessment.

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