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Nation’s Report Card Indicates Less Than 30 Percent of U.S. Students Proficient In History, Geography, Civics

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CER Press Release
Washington, D.C.
April 29, 2015

The Center for Education Reform (CER) released the following statement on the 2014 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, History, Geography, and Civics scores released today:

“It’s astounding that not even one third of our nation’s eighth graders are proficient in subjects that are vital to our nation’s founding and democracy,” said CER President Kara Kerwin. “In U.S. history, just 18 percent of students are at or above proficient, with 27 percent at or above proficient in geography and 23 percent at or above proficient in civics.”

“Since student achievement in these subjects was last measured in 2010, scores have remained stagnant. It’s unacceptable that in four years we’ve made no progress in dramatically changing what learning and successful outcomes look like for our children.”

“Until we take bold steps to empower parents and accelerate the pace at which they have access to opportunities that allow their children to thrive, we will not be able to move our nation forward.”

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