The 2019 digitally based reading assessment comprised 10 distinct sets of texts and questions at grade 4 and two scenario-based tasks. Each student assessed typically read two texts and answered approximately 20 questions about them. Questions are presented in selected response and constructed response (open-ended) formats. Each question in the assessment is classified according to one of three cognitive targets: locate/recall, integrate/interpret, and critique/evaluate as specified in the NAEP reading framework. The cognitive targets refer to the kinds of thinking that come into play when reading and making meaning from written texts. A mix of cognitive targets across the questions about a text intends to elicit a range of reading behaviors and to engage students to think about the text in different ways.
Passages and questions from the 2019 reading assessment were not released to the public.
A story and three sample questions from a set administered to fourth-graders in the 2017 reading assessment can be viewed below. You may also experience the full set as students did during the assessment. Details for each sample question include the correct answer, student performance data, sample student responses, and scoring guide. Also included for each question is a "student action" captured by the digital delivery of the assessment. The student action provides insight into how students interacted when reading this particular story and responding to each of these questions. That is, the student actions are specific to these questions and do not describe fourth-graders' reading behavior in general. Following the questions, you can view a time-lapse feature showing how students moved between the story and the questions during the 30-minute assessment time.
All the passages and questions released from the 2013 and 2017 reading assessments are available in the NAEP Questions Tool.
You can experience the digitally based reading assessment as students did.Read the story and take the full set of questions
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View static images of the questions and their associated passages in the NAEP Questions Tool.
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To view these questions in eNAEP, you will need to use Chrome (48 or higher). The questions are best viewed at a zoom of 67 percent.
One way to understand the NAEP reading scale is by seeing the types of questions that students performing at different points on the scale are likely to answer correctly. See the reading item map with examples of questions that reflect the reading skills demonstrated by students performing at different points on the reading scale within the score range for each achievement level.