Few Students proficient in US Civics, History
Civics, geography and history have taken a back seat in education system in USA, according to a new researched study.
Interesting outcomes from the year of 2014 national assessment of modern educational improvement displayed that about a quarter eight-graders scored at or above needed score in civics (23%), history (18%) and geography (27%). The total average score in each of aforesaid subjects is totally unchanged from the year of 2010. Last time when this test was conducted in these three subjects, however, scores have partially improved since the year of 1990s. Here, one point should be noted that the racial and gender achievement gaps have simply widened.
For instance, on history assessment, 33% of Pacific Islander and Asian students scored at or in some cases above proficient, compared with only 6% African-American students. Moreover, the female-male gender gap in US history scores, which was officially nonexistent in the year of 1994 when the official history assessment was first conducted, has also widened to 4 points.
Chairman of national assessment board, Terry Mazany, said in an official statement that history, civics and geography are core subjects and thus they must be taken on priority.
“They simply represent skills and knowledge that are basic to a healthy democracy like us,” said Mazany. “The lack of contemporary knowledge or information on the part of US students is quite unacceptable, and thus the lack of growth should be addressed as a nation, we should do better,” he added.
President of the national council for contemporary social studies called Michelle Herzog said in an official statement that the concentration on standardized assessment could be a bit blame.