U.S. eighth-graders have shown no improvement in four years in their knowledge of history, geography and civics, as evidenced by the results of a national test administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress called the 2014 Nation’s Report Card.
The NAEP test included a representative sample comprised of 29,000 eighth-graders across the country, in both public and private schools. Each student was assessed in one subject. In U.S. history, 18 percent of students scored at or above proficient, compared with 17 percent in 2010. In geography, 27 percent scored at or above proficient, compared with 24 percent in 2010. In civics, 23 percent scored at or above proficient, compared with 22 percent in 2010. In all, there was no significant change in test scores in each of the three subjects over the four-year period.