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Mathematics Framework for the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress

Since 1973, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has gathered information about student achievement in mathematics. The results of these periodic assessments, produced in print and Web-based formats, inform citizens about the nature of students’ comprehension of the subject, inform curriculum specialists about the level and nature of student understanding, and inform policymakers about factors related to schooling and its effect on student proficiency in mathematics.

Based on these surveys of students at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels, NAEP has provided comprehensive information about what students in the United States know and can do in the area of mathematics, as well as in a number of other subject areas. These reports present information on strengths and weaknesses in students’ understanding and their ability to apply that understanding in problem-solving situations; provide comparative student data according to race/ethnicity, type of community, and geographic region; describe trends in student performance over time; and report on relationships between student proficiency and certain background variables.