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James Woodworth, PhD
Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics

NCES Commissioner’s Statement on 2018 NAEP U.S. History, Civics, and Geography Results
April 23, 2020

Today, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is releasing results on the performance of U.S. eighth-graders on the 2018 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessments in U.S. history, civics, and geography.

We observed three key patterns in the results of these assessments:

This statement highlights some of the major findings from the 2018 NAEP U.S. history, civics, and geography assessments. Many more details are provided in the full report on these assessments, available at A full presentation of the findings will be made at 1:30 p.m. EDT during a live event organized by the National Assessment Governing Board. You can join the event by registering at

I would like to thank all the students, teachers, and principals who volunteered their time to take these assessments. Without them, the NAEP program would not be possible.