NAEP Released and Sample Items

The assessments on this page represent released and/or sample assessment items provided by National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Assessment items released with each release of NAEP results. Those released items are publicly available on the NAEP Questions Tool.   NCES has provided a quick reference guide. The federal government invested a tremendous amount of resources (time and money) into these assessment items, from framework development to assessment analysis.  These items are provided for us (educators) to use as classroom resources.

The assessments are provided for WV teachers to use as instructional or assessment aids.  Remember: these questions are aligned to the NAEP frameworks. The NAEP frameworks were used in the creations of the WV 21st Century CSOs during the latest revision.

Possible ways to use

  1. incorporate as part of your classroom assessments (formative or summative), if content appropriate
  2. use as classroom questions
  3. use as problem of the day
  4. discuss scoring items using a rubric

Other information on the NAEP Questions Tool
In addition to the questions and answers, the NAEP Questions Tool provides samples of student work at each score point, as well as the information of student performance at national and jurisdiction (West Virginia).

NAEP Released Assessment Items from 2009 Assessment
divided by Cognitive Sections, called blocks

Reading Mathematics
Grade 4 Informational Text  
Grade 4 Literary Paired Passages (story and poem)  
Grade 8 Informational Paired Passages  
Grade 8 Literary Passage (poem)  
Grade 12 Informational Text  
Grade 12 Literary Text  


NCES Provided Resources

Grade 4

Grade 8

Grade 12

Pilot 2009

Operational 2009

Pilot 2009

Operational 2009

Pilot 2009

Operational 2009

2010

2010

Computer-based Writing

2010

2011

2011

Pilot 2011

Sample Questions Items
divided into 4 Booklets per Year

Mathematics

Grade 4

Grade 8

October Sample

October Scoring Guide

October Sample

October Scoring Guide

November Sample

November Scoring Guide

November Sample

November Scoring Guide

December Sample

December Scoring Guide

December Sample

December Scoring Guide

January Sample

January Scoring Guide

January Sample

January Scoring Guide

Reading

Grade 4

Grade 8

October Sample

October Scoring Guide

October Sample

October Scoring Guide

November Sample

November Scoring Guide

November Sample

November Scoring Guide

December Sample

December Scoring Guide

December Sample

December Scoring Guide

January Sample

January Scoring Guide

January Sample

January Scoring Guide

Science

Grade 4

Grade 8

October Sample

October Scoring Guide

October Sample

October Scoring Guide

November Sample

November Scoring Guide

November Sample

November Scoring Guide   

December Sample

December Scoring Guide

December Sample

December Scoring Guide

January Sample

January Scoring Guide

January Sample

January Scoring Guide