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Frameworks and Specifications

Frameworks describe the content and design of each NAEP subject area assessment, written for a general audience.

Specifications describe the detailed blueprint used for constructing the assessment, written for NAEP test developers.

 

 

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Reading 2013

Since 1969, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has been an ongo-ing national indicator of what American students know and can do in major academic subjects, including reading in English. NAEP reading assessments have been adminis-tered on a regular schedule to students in grades 4, 8, and 12. Under the...

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Reading Assessment and Item Specification

his document is divided into nine chapters as briefly described below. A glossary of terms used in the Exhibits and throughout the 2009 NAEP Reading Specifications is provided in Appendix B.

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Mathematics 2013

Since 1973 the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has gathered information about student achievement in mathematics. Results of these periodic assessments, produced in print and web-based formats, provide valuable information to a wide variety of audiences.

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Mathematics Assessment and Item Specification

Since 1973 the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has gathered information about student achievement in mathematics. Results of these periodic assessments, produced in print and web-based formats, provide valuable information to a wide variety of audiences.

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Science 2011

NAEP measures student science achievement nationally, state by state, and, most recently, across selected urban school districts. Periodically, the framework underlying the science assessment is revised or updated.

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Science Assessment and Item Specification

Science seeks to increase our understanding of the natural world through empirical evidence. Such evidence gathered through observation and measurement allows explanation and prediction of natural phenomena.

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Writing 2011 (Full and Abridged)

The ability to write well is essential to the economic success of the nation. Americans in the 21st century need to be able to communicate in a variety of forms and mediums, create texts under the constraints of time, and play a productive role in an economy that increasingly values knowledge and information.

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Writing Assessment and Item Specification

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has, since 1969, been an ongoing national indicator of what American students know and can do in major academic subjects, including Writing.

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Arts 2008

This framework was used to develop the 1997 and 2008 NAEP Arts Education Assessments. For 2008, NAEP tested students in music and visual arts based on a nationally representative sample of eighth-grade schools. Results of the 2008 arts assessment will be released in spring 2009.

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Civics 2014

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a survey mandated by the U.S. Congress to collect and report information about student achievement in various academic subjects, such as mathematics, science, reading, writing, history, geography, and civics.

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Civics Assessment and Item Specification

The acquisition of a body of knowledge in civics and government and the use of intellectual and participatory skills are essential for informed, responsible participation in political life by competent citizens committed to the fundamental values and principles of American constitutional democracy.

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Economics 2014 (Full and Abridged)

The purpose of economic education is to enable individuals to function effectively both in their own personal lives and as citizens and participants in an increasingly connected world economy.

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Economics Assessment and Item Specification

The Assessment and Item Specifications: NAEP 2006 Economics translates the Assessment Framework: 2006 National Assessment of Educational Progress in Economics into guidelines for developing items and for developing the assessment as a whole.

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Foreign Language 2014

The National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) has targeted the year 2003 for the first foreign language NAEP (FL NAEP). In May 1999, NAGB awarded a contract to the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) to conduct a national consensus building project.

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Geography 2014

For more than a generation, geography has been badly neglected in American schools. The consequence is widespread ignorance of our own country and of its place in the world.

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Geography Assessment and Item Specification

The mission of Geography education is to foster the development of citizens who can apply the knowledge and skills of geography in real-life situations.

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History 2010

In a democratic country such as the United States, the study of history is vital. All students need to know and understand the origins and evolution of their nation.

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History Assessment and Item Specification

The 2006 National Assessment of Educational Progress in U.S. History will assess students' knowledge and understanding of the history of the United States...

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Technology and Engineering Literacy 2014
(Full, Interactive, and Abridged Versions)

The exploding growth in the world of technology, engineering literacy, and the need to answer questions similar to those above led the National Assessment Governing Board (Governing Board) to sponsor the development of a framework for a national assessment of technology and engineering literacy.

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Technology and Engineering Literacy Assessment and Item Specification

The exploding growth in the world of technology, engineering literacy, and the need to answer questions similar to those above led the National Assessment Governing Board (Governing Board) to sponsor the development of a framework for a national assessment of technology and engineering literacy.

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