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ERIC Number: ED521835
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 62
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Nation's Report Card [TM]: Geography 2010. National Assessment of Educational Progress at Grades 4, 8, and 12. NCES 2011-467
National Center for Education Statistics
Nationally representative samples of about 7,000 fourth-graders, 9,500 eighth-graders, and 10,000 twelfth-graders participated in the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in geography. At each grade, students responded to questions designed to measure their knowledge of geography in the context of space and place, environment and society, and spatial dynamics and connections. Comparing the results from the 2010 assessment to the results from previous assessments in 1994 and 2001 shows how students' knowledge and skills in geography have changed over time. Findings reveal that: (1) Students make progress in geography at grade 4 but not at grades 8 and 12; (2) Percentages of fourth- and eighth- graders at or above "Basic" are higher than in the first assessment year; (3) About one-quarter of students perform at or above the "Proficient" level in 2010; (4) Percentages of students at "Advanced" decrease from 1994 at grades 4 and 8; (5) White-Black score gaps narrow at grades 4 and 8; and (6) Male students score higher than female students at all three grades. Appendix tables are included. (Contains 28 figures and 21 tables.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 12; Grade 4; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress
IES Funded: Yes