Statement on the 2010 NAEP Civics Assessment

On May 4, the National Assessment of Education Progress at Grades 4, 8 and 12 (NAEP) released their 2010 civics assessment results, known as the Nation’s Report Card.

Diann Woodard, president of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), AFL-CIO, released this statement in response to the results:

“The Nation’s Report Card in Social Studies: Civics 2010 shows an encouraging sign that the elementary grades have begun to put social studies on the same footing with English and mathematics. This will surely help to see that students are preparing themselves to become better citizens and capable of maintaining our free and democratic society. The lack of increase on the upper grades shows the toll NCLB has taken over the years by emphasizing the core of math and English and not concentrating on developing the whole child.”