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ERIC Number: EJ998263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct-17
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Student Mastery of Civics Ed. Goes Untested
Fleming, Nora
Education Week, v32 n8 p1, 18 Oct 2012
The 2012 presidential election and many state and local races are only a few weeks away, but schools are not doing much to promote student interest in the elections or provide civic education more broadly, new research suggests. A report last week from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), at Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts, found only eight states have standardized tests specifically in civics education at the high school level, and Ohio and Virginia alone require students to pass them to graduate. It also says only 21 states mandate that students take a social studies test--the broader discipline that includes history, geography, and civics--and only nine require that they pass it to earn a diploma. That number is down from 34 states that conducted regular assessments in 2001. And most of those tests, according to the findings, are weakly linked to state standards and do not test deeper knowledge of the subject matter at hand. The findings help document what many in education have been saying since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act more than a decade ago. An emphasis on reading and mathematics, driven by the law's testing and accountability requirements, has cut into the time and attention devoted to some of the other subjects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts; Ohio; Virginia
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001