ERIC Number: ED473776
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Civics: What Do 12th-Graders Know, and What Can They Do?
Johnson, Carol; Vanneman, Alan
NAEPfacts, v6 n4 Oct 2001
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 1998 Civics Assessment measured students' knowledge, their intellectual and participatory skills, and their civic dispositions at the 12th-grade level. This publication describes 12th graders performance on 38 questions from the 12th-grade assessment. Thirty-one of the thirty-eight questions were multiple choice. The remaining seven were constructed response questions that required students to write their answers. The goal of the NAEP 1998 Civics Assessment was to measure how well U.S. youth are being prepared to meet their citizenship responsibilities. The framework for the 1998 Civics Assessment specifies three interrelated components which, taken together, reflect broad civic competency: knowledge, intellectual and participatory skills, and civic dispositions. The questions required 12th graders to read and answer questions based on a variety of materials. The assessment was designed to evaluate student ability to recall specific information, make inferences, or perform more analytical/ evaluative tasks, such as distinguishing opinion from fact or defending a position. (Author/BT)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Civics, Grade 12, High Schools, Knowledge Level, Performance Based Assessment, Social Studies, Student Evaluation, Thinking Skills
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress
IES Cited: ED473774; ED473775; ED457204