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Civics Assessment

The results of the NAEP civics assessment present a broad view of what our nation's students know and can do in civics. The assessment is designed to measure the civics knowledge and skills that are critical to the responsibilities of citizenship in America's constitutional democracy. NAEP field staff will be administering the 2018 civics assessment from January to March of 2018. Results of the 2014 assessment, administered to students throughout the nation at grade 8, are now available. Links to the 2014 assessment results are below. Find out more about the assessment and its framework.Learn more...

Exploring NAEP Civics

Look at publications about NAEP civics. See the NAEP schedule of assessments.

How the NAEP Civics Assessment Works

Learn what the assessment measures and how it was developed. Learn who took the assessment and how the assessment was administered. Explore sample questions from the assessment and see how they were scored. Find out what students know and can do by looking at the NAEP civics scale. Gain a greater understanding of the civics scale by exploring the 2014 civics item map. Find out what students should know and be able to do by viewing NAEP civics achievement levels. Find out how to interpret the results of the assessment.

Using NAEP Data

Explore NAEP civics assessment data in the NAEP Data Explorer. Civics 2006 restricted-use data are available for licensed researchers; other years and other NAEP microdata are also available.

Last updated 18 December 2017 (JA)