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History and civics scores drop for U.S. eighth-graders on national test


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Scores in U.S. history and civics for eighth-graders are down across the U.S., according to recent results from the assessment known as the "Nation's Report Card." This year's history scores are the lowest recorded since the assessment began in 1994, and the new data mark the first-ever drop in civics.

 

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in a statement that the results, from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, further underscore the "profound impact the pandemic had on student learning."

The results follow recent national declines in reading and math among students in grades four and eight.

NAEP assesses history and civics proficiency for eighth grade students in a nationally representative sampling given every four years. The results released today, from exams taken by students in 2022, mark the first to include the pandemic years.

The history test assesses students in different categories, including democracy, culture, technology and world role of the U.S.. This year, there were declines in all those subject areas.:snip:

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56 minutes ago, Geee said:
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Scores in U.S. history and civics for eighth-graders are down across the U.S., according to recent results from the assessment known as the "Nation's Report Card." This year's history scores are the lowest recorded since the assessment began in 1994, and the new data mark the first-ever drop in civics.

Kind of hard to do well on a test when you haven't been taught a subject.

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For the last 60 years (in Europe post WWI) we in America (an The West) have become more and more Secular.  We have sown to the wind and now reaping the whirlwind.

It should Also be noted Large numbers of Christians (an their denominations) simply withdrew from The Public Square for 70+ years (BTW: It was Jimmy Carter who bought us back in). So We Share In The Blame for what is going on.

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