Six Education Stories to Watch in 2016

EDUCATION What will the top education stories in 2016 be? Keep your eye on Common Core, and check out the new Every Student Succeeds Act. (NPR) Want to keep track of the latest in education? Join your local Alliance for Geographic Education. Teachers, scroll down for a round-up of the 2016 presidential candidates’ words and deeds on education. Discussion Ideas Watch the nice overview video. … Continue reading Six Education Stories to Watch in 2016

Asian Nations Top School Rankings

EDUCATION The biggest-ever global school rankings have been published, with Asian countries in the top five places. (BBC) The ranking was based on science and math tests—help build your own knowledge with our collection of STEM resources. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including a PowerPoint presentation and today’s MapMaker Interactive map, in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The ranking system … Continue reading Asian Nations Top School Rankings

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

Tell Us: Should students be paid to excel? (

An article in the New York Times last week described a pilot program in New York City public schools that provides monetary incentives to students for meritorious performance on standardized tests. Since the beginning of the school year, the district has distributed $500,000 to 5,237 students in 58 schools. Read the article at and tell us what you think of the plan. According to … Continue reading Tell Us: Should students be paid to excel? (