National “Report Card” Shows Decrease in Scores for US History, Civics and Geography

Today the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2018 assessment of US eight-graders proficiency in US History, civics and geography was released. Scores in all three subjects decreased since the last time the assessment was conducted in 2014.

Here is a link to the US history “report card” home page. From there, you will also be able to link to the civics and geography scores.

Key finding: “The average U.S. history score for eighth-grade students was lower in 2018 compared to 2014. NAEP also reports scores at five selected percentiles to show the progress made by lower- (10th and 25th percentiles), middle- (50th percentile), and higher- (75th and 90th percentiles) performing students. Students at all selected percentile levels except for those at the highest level (those at the 90th percentile) saw a decrease in their scores.”
In FY 20, the US Department of Education allocated a total of only $3 million for US History and Civics Grants.