National Study Reveals Civics Deficit in U.S. Schools
“The Nation’s Report Card: Civics 2006,” released today by the National Assessment Governing Board, showed that 24 percent of fourth-graders, 22 percent of eighth-graders and 27 percent of twelfth-graders could reach a simple mastery of civics called proficient. “America’s school children are woefully unprepared to take their place as informed, engaged citizens,” said Charles N. Quigley, the Center’s executive director. “Much work needs to be done to ensure that each student receives the education necessary to become an informed, engaged citizen of this nation.”

(Press Release) - May 16, 2007