Five For Friday: Geography Report Card Coverage

Use MapMaker’s 1 page maps for testing you geography knowledge with blank maps, coloring, or illustrating multiple choice questions from NAEP
Last week we posted on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)’s national report card on geography education. Media across the country reported on the story as well, snagging great quotes from geography education experts, embarrassing their readers/viewers with geography quizzes, and even offering humorous and satirical prose on the sad state of our children’s geo-literacy. In recognition and appreciation of this coverage, here are 5 articles that caught our attention. 
1. The Chicago Tribune took important facts from the report and suggested their implications for children’s level of understanding.  
“Fewer than a quarter of high school seniors scored proficiently on the geography test, down from 25 percent in 2001 and 29 percent in 1994, when the national geography exam first was administered. The decline seen in the twelfth-grade scores was the most dramatic of any grade tested. That means only 21 percent of 12th-graders had at least a solid grasp of geography and could, for instance, explain why Mali is considered overpopulated or explain why the economies of developing countries often are limited to a few agricultural products or raw materials.”

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The Nation’s Report Card: Geography 2010

“EDUCAR” (educate!) reads this graffiti, sprayed by a protester in Chile (no relation to this post) demanding better public schools (according to the photographer, Natalie Lake). Today the National Center for Education Statistics released “The Nation’s Report Card: Geography 2010.” The report outlined the state of geography education in U.S. schools, based on a sample of students around the country in grades 4, 8, and 12. … Continue reading The Nation’s Report Card: Geography 2010