NAEP Geography 2010 Report Card to be Released Tomorrow -- July 19

By Ana Post posted 07-18-2011 01:24:27 PM


On July 19, 2011 at 11am EDT, the National Assessment Governing Board will release via webinar The Nation’s Report Card: Geography 2010, Grades 4, 8 and 12.


The 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) geography assessment focuses on what students should know to be competent and productive 21st century citizens, combining key physical science and social science aspects of geography into a cohesive whole. Students responded to questions designed to measure their knowledge of geography in the context of space and place, environment and society, and spatial dynamics and connections. This is only the third time in nearly two decades that The Nation's Report Card has assessed students on their knowledge in geography. The 2010 results can be compared to results from 2001 and 1994.  

A distinguished panel will discuss the report's findings and the importance of geography in shaping an increasingly global society.  
Jack Buckley, Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics
Roger Downs, Professor of geography, Pennsylvania State University
Shannon Garrison, Member, National Assessment Governing Board; fourth grade teacher, Solano Avenue Elementary School
David Gordon, Member, National Assessment Governing Board; superintendent of schools, Sacramento County Office of Education (webinar moderator)

For more information and to register for the webinar, please visit


This is the third NAGBE release of NAEP data. The first was NAEP Civics Report Card on May 4, 2011 and the second was the NAEP U.S. History Report Card on June 14, 2011.  Commentary and news coverage on the NAEP Civics Report Card and the NAEP U.S. History Report Card can be viewed at the following links:

Civic Mission of Schools Press Release

“Failing Grades on Civics Exam Called a ‘Crisis’,” The New York Times, by Sam Dillon

"What it takes to be a Citizen"

"How to Reboot Civics Education"

Media Coverage of the NAEP U.S. History Results

Disappointing NAEP U.S. History Results Released Today