U.S. Students Improving in Geography, Study Finds

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Data from the NAEP geography assessment indicate more attention to certain aspects of geography in the classroom in 2001 as compared with 1994.

• A higher percentage of 8th-grade students reported studying maps and globes at least once or twice a week.

• There were also increases in the percentages of 8th and 12th graders who studied countries and cultures, natural resources, and environmental issues once or twice a week.

The results of the 2001 NAEP geography assessment are based on a nationally representative sample of approximately 6,900 fourth graders (5,900 public and 1,000 private school students); approximately 9,000 eighth graders (7,700 public and 1,300 private school students); and approximately 9,000 twelfth graders (8,000 public and 1,000 private school students). These students were in approximately 1,110 schools, including about 850 public schools and 260 nonpublic schools.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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