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NAEP Results

by Bill Hayes

Yesterday, the latest results were announced for the Civics 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress at Grades 4, 8, and 12, known as the Nation’s Report Card. As in previous years (1998 and 2006), the results were disappointing. Only 27 percent of fourth graders, 22 percent of eighth graders and 24 percent of 12th graders scored proficient or higher in civics. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor spoke at the NAEP press conference: “Today’s NAEP results confirm that we have a crisis on our hands when it comes to civics education.”

The National Center for Education Statistics administered the civics assessment to nationally representative samples of public and private school students, which included about 7,100 fourth graders, 9,600 eighth graders, and 9,900 12th graders. See more information on the sites of the Nation’s Report Card and the National Assessment Board.