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Mathematics Performance in Puerto Rico: Focus on the Content Areas

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This report focuses on performance in the mathematics content areas. Photo: Norma Curet, Communications Office, Puerto Rico Department of Education

As part of reporting the results of the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics assessment for Puerto Rico, NCES developed a special report to highlight how students in Puerto Rico performed on various aspects of mathematics. The content of all NAEP assessments is determined by subject-area frameworks that are developed by the National Assessment Governing Board in a comprehensive process involving a broad spectrum of interested parties, including teachers, curriculum specialists, subject-matter specialists, school administrators, parents, and members of the general public. Frameworks in NAEP are developed to survey student understanding over a broad range of content. The mathematics framework is available from the Governing Board's website (in English only).

The main content areas of the NAEP mathematics framework for grades 4 and 8 are

  • number properties and operations,
  • measurement,
  • geometry,
  • data analysis and probability,
  • and algebra.

In Puerto Rico, topics in the Estándares de Excelencia Programa de Matemáticas are organized around the same five content areas as the Mathematics Framework for the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress.

In the report, Mathematics 2005 Performance in Puerto Rico: Focus on the Content Areas, performance is summarized across the entire NAEP mathematics assessment and for five content areas on a 0–500 scale. Average scores for students in Puerto Rico at grades 4 and 8 for 2005 are presented beside averages for public school students in the nation (excluding Puerto Rico).

View actual test questions released from the assessment as they were administered in Spanish at grade 4 (174K PDF) or grade 8 (275K PDF).

Browse Puerto Rico data in State Profiles, or see more information in the NAEP Data Explorer.

Read the statement and view the PowerPoint presentation summarizing the NAEP results for Puerto Rico.