Don't know much about geography, either

Sigh. You may be tired of reading discouraging reports from the National Assessment for Education Progress. I know I am. But here’s another one. From Education Week:

“The National Center for Education Statistics, which administers the test, released results midmorning Tuesday for the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress in geography. It found that 4th graders scored on average 213 out of a possible 500, an “all-time high” since the test started in 1994, but the rising scores have not translated to more students moving from “basic” to “proficient” performance on the test, and the percentage of students achieving at the “advanced” level has gone down in every grade.
Similarly, average 8th grade scores are flat at 282, and in 12th grade, average scores have dropped from 285 in 1994 and 2001 to 282 in 2010, a significant decline.”
We’ve seen these results before, with history and civics. Scores at the bottom have increased – maybe No Child Left Behind IS doing some good? – but the number of students deemed proficient hasn’t. High school students, most of whom are required to take a geography course, tanked.”
My last two postings focused on online education. Geography strikes me as a subject where online, or at least computer-based, education could make a real difference. Reactions?

www.edweek.org/

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