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The NAEP, civic knowledge, and student performance

The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) has just released two new fact sheets, both looking at the claim that today’s students are not properly prepared for citizenship once they graduate from high school. Only eight states currently test students on American government or civics, and only about a quarter of students nationwide earn a “proficient” score on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) civics exam. This statistic is often cited as proof that more civic education is needed.


Learning by doing

In this morning’s edition of the Hoover Institution’s Defining Ideas, Russell Muirhead argues that one reason that civic knowledge is so poor is because Americans are not being called upon to act as citizens–and therefore they have no reason to gain and use the knowledge required to be an active citizen.