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NAEP 1998 Civics Report Card Highlights

November 1999

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Photograph of a young boy and girl with the American flagThe strength of America's constitutional democracy comes largely from the informed, active participation of its citizens, whether voting in an election, spending time on jury duty, volunteering for community service, or simply keeping aware of current affairs. Will the next generation of citizens -- today's students -- have the knowledge, skills, and interest to fulfill their civic responsibilities? The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the nation's only ongoing survey of what American students know and can do in various academic subjects, is one resource that can help answer this question.

The NAEP is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) with oversight by the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB). In 1998, NAEP administered a civics assessment to a national sample representative of all students at grades 4, 8, and 12. The results of the assessment provide information about students' civic knowledge, skills, and interests.

This publication presents highlights from the 1998 NAEP civics assessment, describing its content and major findings, as well as students' experiences at home and school that are associated with achievement in the study of civics.


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Suggested Citation
U.S. Department of Education. Office of Educational Research and Improvement. National Center for Education Statistics. The NAEP 1998 Civics Report Card Highlights, NCES 2000-460. Washington, DC: 1999.

Last updated 21 March 2001 (RH)

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