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    Filed at 8:57 am under by dcobranchi

    This story was reported on the national news last night. A couple of details that the “Executive Summary” omits is that over 50% of 12th graders achieved the lowest grade and that the average score for all 12th graders was in the “failing” category.

    The Nation’s Report Card: U.S. History 2001 (Executive Summary) Average U.S. history scores for fourth- and eighth-graders were higher in 2001 than in 1994, while the performance of twelfth-graders remained relatively stable.

    Score increases were evident among the lower-performing students at grade 4 (at the 10th and 25th percentiles) and for both lower- and higher-performing students at grade 8 (25th, 75th, and 90th percentiles).

    Results of the 2001 U.S. history assessment show 18 percent of fourth-graders, 17 percent of eighth-graders, and 11 percent of twelfth-graders performing at or above the Proficient level — identified by NAGB as the level at which all students should perform.

    At grade 4, the percentage of students performing at or above Basic in 2001 was higher than in 1994. At grade 8, the percentages of students performing at or above Basic, at or above Proficient, and at Advanced increased between 1994 and 2001. At grade 12, however, the percentages performing at or above each level remained the same as in 1994.

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