Sample Questions From the 1996 National Math Assessment

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Grade 4

N stands for the number of stamps John had. He gave 12 stamps to his sister. Which expression tells how many stamps John has now?

a. N+12 b. N-12 c. 12-N d. 12xN
The correct answer is b.

Grade 8

A car odometer registered 41,256.9 miles when a highway sign warned of a detour 1,200 feet ahead. What will the odometer read when the car reaches the detour?

a. 42,456.9 b. 41,279.9 c. 41,261.3 d. 41.259.2 e. 41,257.1
The correct answer is e.

Copies of the 1996 NAEP math-assessment results are available for free while supplies last from the National Library of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20208-5641; or by calling (800) 424-1616. The report is on the World Wide Web:

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education.

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