“Don’t know much about history….Don’t know much geography.” Unfortunately, those two lines from Sam Cooke’s catchy hit of 1960 pretty much capture the results from the latest assessment of the nation’s students.

On April 29, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released The Nation’s Report Card: 2014 U.S. History, Geography, and Civics, and the findings were bleak.

Less than 30 percent of U.S. eighth graders managed to score proficient or higher on any of the assessments. Twenty-seven percent reached that level in geography; 23 percent did so in civics, and only 18 percent in history.

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