Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Vocabulary Results from the 2013 NAEP Reading Assessment
Beginning in 2009, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) integrated a measure of students’ understanding of word meaning, or vocabulary with the measurement of reading comprehension. For the NAEP meaning vocabulary assessment, students are asked to demonstrate their understanding of words as used in literary and informational texts that they read in the reading assessment. Students' vocabulary performance is analyzed separately from the reading comprehension performance.
Vocabulary scores for 2013 NAEP assessment are available for grades 4, 8, and 12. Results are based on nationally representative samples of 190,400 fourth-graders, 171,800 eighth-graders, and 45,900 twelfth-graders. The national level results reflect the performance of students attending different school types (public, private schools, Bureau of Indian Education schools, and Department of Defense schools). The national level results are also reported for students of different gender, race/ethnicity, eligibility for subsidized school lunch and students attending schools at different locations.
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The Nation’s Report Card: Vocabulary Results from the 2013 NAEP Reading Assessment