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Nation’s Report Card: Eighth Grade Civics And History Test Scores Plummet After Covid-19


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Students in eighth grade are doing worse in U.S. history and civics than they were in 2018, exacerbating concerns about learning loss, according to data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress released Wednesday.

The latest data from the Nation’s Report Card revealed that civics scores for eighth grade students declined for the first time ever, falling from 153 in 2018 to 150 on a 0-300 scale. The scores matched the assessment score from 1998, the first year that students were assessed in the subject.

For U.S. history, scores for eighth graders declined from 263 in 2018 to 258, continuing a fall that began in 2014 when scores peaked at 267 on the 0-300 scale. The assessment scores for U.S. history were the worst ever recorded, falling a point lower than the 259 recorded on the subject’s first assessment in 1994.

The declines are sure to exacerbate concerns about the continued fallout of the 2020 pandemic school closures. In October, the Nation’s Report Card recorded the largest-ever drop in math scores and a similarly troubling decline in reading scores for students in fourth and eighth grade.

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