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Sample questions in reading

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The following grade 8 multiple-choice question asks students to recognize why the author included specific information in an article. See the full text of the grade 8 reading passage.

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


Percentage of responses rated "Correct." Nation: 70, Large central city: 61, Atlanta: 56, Austin: 66, Boston: 65, Charlotte: 65, Chicago: 62, Cleveland: 51, District of Columbia: 55, Houston: 58, Los Angeles: 55, New York City: 53, San Diego: 66. The sample question is as follows. "We don't get reports this thorough when we pay consultants hundreds of thousands of dollars." The author included this information to a) show how the city saves money, b) describe the city budget, c) emphasize Ellie's achievement, and d) criticize the city of Berkeley. The answer is c.

See more about this question in the NAEP Questions Tool.

View this question, at score 265, 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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