- Christian Science Monitor: Which is bigger: California or Los Angeles? Most fourth graders aren't sure.
- Wall Street Journal: U.S. Students Make Scant Geography Progress
- New York Times: Geography Report Card Finds U.S. Students Ill-Prepared
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Nation's Report Card on Geography 2011: Students Still Geographically Ignorant
Earlier this year we learned from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) that American students on average know little about civics or history. Yesterday the NAEP released the "Nation's Report" on Geography. Bottom line up front: American students do not know geography.
The following news source sum up the report better than I can:
Scores with fourth-graders have "improved" but this is a slight change still well within failure's margin and nothing to take pride in.
The full report along with the executive summary can be downloaded from the NAEP's website.
Side note: The questions asked by the NAEP are much more diverse than the standard "where is X country?" NAEP's questions involve land use, map reading, spatial reasoning, climatology, and much more. Test yourself on sample questions asked of fourth, eighth, and twelfth graders.