|NAEP Cautionary Note|
Interpreting NAEP Performance Levels: Please note that New Jersey students who perform at or above the NAEP-Basic level are meeting or exceeding grade-level expectations.
According to the NAEP performance-level descriptors for grades 4 and 8, students performing at the Basic level demonstrate “partial mastery of prerequisite knowledge and skills that are fundamental for proficient work.” Furthermore, students performing at the Proficient level demonstrate “solid academic performance . . . and competency over challenging subject matter . . .”