How You Can Help Engage Students in Civics Education

Erik Carlsen-Landy

In 1998, the National Assessment of Educational Progress conducted its first national civics assessment designed specifically to study students’ civics knowledge, civic dispositions, and intellectual and participatory skills. The assessment has been administered close to every four years since, and the results have been consistently poor. On average, eighth-grade students continually demonstrate “basic” knowledge, the lowest level of achievement; only about 10 percent of students reach the next achievement level.

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