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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.

 

 

Reading Back to Top

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Reading 2015 (Full and Abridged)

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

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Reading Assessment and Item Specifications

This 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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MathematicsBack to Top

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Mathematics 2015 (Full and Abridged)

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 Specifications

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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ScienceBack to Top

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Science 2015 (Full and Abridged)

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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WritingBack to Top

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Writing 2017

The purpose of the 2017 NAEP Writing Framework is to describe how the new NAEP Writing Assessment is designed to measure students’ writing at grades 4, 8, and 12. As the ongoing national indicator of the academic achievement of students in the United States, NAEP regularly collects information on representative samples of students in those three grades.

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Writing Assessment and Item Specifications

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 2016

This framework was used to develop the 1997, 2008, and 2016 NAEP Arts Education Assessments. For 2016, NAEP tested students in music and the visual arts based on a nationally representative sample of eighth-grade schools. Results of the 2016 arts assessment will be released in spring 2017. Due to budget constraints and the small percentage of schools with theatre and dance programs, these arts disciplines were not assessed in 2016.

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CivicsBack to Top

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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 Specifications

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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EconomicsBack to Top

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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 Specifications

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 LanguageBack to Top

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Foreign Language 2004

In 1994, the United States Congress recognized the importance of foreign language study, formalizing it in the Goals 2000 statement of the National Education Goals.

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Foreign Language 2003 Assessment and Item Specifications

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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GeographyBack to Top

Geography Framework for the 2014 National Assessment of Educational Progress

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 Specifications

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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HistoryBack to Top

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History 2014

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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U.S. History Specifications for the 2006 and 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress

History Assessment and Item Specifications

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 LiteracyBack to Top

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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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echnology and Engineering Literacy Assessment and Item Specifications

Technology and Engineering Literacy Assessment and Item Specifications

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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Background InformationBack to Top

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Background Information Framework 2003

This framework will define the purpose and scope of NAEP’s system of collecting background information, including background questionnaires and other sources of non-cognitive data.

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