ERIC Number: ED484939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Citizenship Education. The Progress of Education Reform, 2004. Volume 5, Number 2
Education Commission of the States
Policymakers face an array of challenges in improving how schools prepare students to be active citizens. Not the least of these is the increased pressure schools are facing from highstakes testing and the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act to focus limited resources on improving performance in areas such as reading, math and science. Under such pressure, citizenship education often is pushed aside, in spite of the fact that a 2003 poll by the National Conference of State Legislatures shows students who are exposed to coursework on government and civics are two to three times more likely to vote, pay attention to government and contact elected officials on issues. This issue of The Progress of Education Reform focuses on what some of the latest research says policymakers can do to improve citizenship education, as well as what the National Assessment of Educational Progress has found about nationwide student civics achievement.
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Change, National Competency Tests, Civics, Students
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.