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Sample questions in reading

 Grade 4
Grade 8

Test Yourself...then see how the students responded to the same questions on NAEP. The following grade 4 short constructed-response question asks students to explain the motivation for a character's actions in a story. See the full text of the grade 4 reading passage.

Student responses were scored according to a three-level scoring guide as "Full comprehension," "Partial or surface comprehension," or "Little or no comprehension." The sample response below is an example of a "Full comprehension" response.

The percentages below indicate how each jurisdiction performed on the question.

Percentage of responses rated

See more about this question in the NAEP Questions Tool.

View this question, at score 158, on a map of NAEP reading items.

Learn more about what the reading assessment measures.

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

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