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  •  On the NAEP (2006) white students continued to outperform other students at all grade levels. Gaps between black and Hispanic students and their white counterparts narrowed in history and civics in 4th grade, but remained roughly the same in the upper grades.  Not having equal access to economic and civic knowledge is a form of segregation.
  • In 2010 World History Assessment is planned (NAEP), and a framework is in development.
  • When comparing the results of the 2001 NAEP United States History Assessment with the 1994 assessment, students in grades 4 and 8 improved their performance, but grade 12 students did not improve at all. 57% of the high school seniors scored “below basic.” In no other subject tested by NAEP are there so many students “below basic.” How can students read a newspaper, go to the movies, or watch a television show if they do not understand any of the history, geography, economics and civics references they encounter?
  •  The Asia Society & National Geographic found in a 9 country study that American students were last in knowledge of current events, 80% did not know that India is the largest democracy, nearly 3 quarters thought English was the most spoken language in the world (it is Chinese)
A crisis in history: National Council on History Education   http://www.nche.net/docs/positions/crisisinhistory.html