Results of The Nation's Report Card: Geography 2010 - Grades 4, 8, and 12

Jul 05, 2011, 09:00 ET from National Assessment Governing Board

NAEP Report Reveals Students' Achievement in Geography

WASHINGTON, July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On July 19, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) will release the results of a 2010 assessment that focuses on what students should know to be competent and productive 21st century citizens. Students responded to questions designed to measure their knowledge of geography in the context of space and place, environment and society, and spatial dynamics and connections. The 2010 results for fourth, eighth and twelfth graders can be compared to two previous assessment years—2001 and 1994—and include racial/ethnic and gender comparisons, as well as background data on other variables.

NAEP, also known as The Nation's Report Card, is the only continuing, nationally representative measure of student achievement in the United States.

In a live webinar on the report card release, a distinguished panel will discuss the report's findings and the importance of geography in shaping an increasingly global society. Webinar panelists include:

  • Jack Buckley, commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics
  • Roger Downs, professor of geography, Pennsylvania State University
  • Shannon Garrison, member, National Assessment Governing Board; fourth grade teacher, Solano Avenue Elementary School
  • David Gordon, member, National Assessment Governing Board; superintendent of schools, Sacramento County Office of Education (webinar moderator)


What: Live webinar to discuss results of The Nation's Report Card: Geography 2010, Grades 4, 8, and 12

When: July 19, 2011, at 11a.m. EDT

How to register: Visit

GET EARLY ACCESS TO RESULTS: The media can gain embargoed access to materials on Friday, July 15, at 11a.m. EDT. Access must be requested. Please contact Erika Boyce at 202.559.5246 or

PARTICIPATE IN Q&A. Embargo pre-call on study findings: Monday, July 18, at 2p.m. EDT.

Media representatives are encouraged to discuss the embargoed data and information with experts ahead of the release. Access must be requested. Please contact Erika Boyce at 202.559.5246 or

FOR MEDIA REQUESTS AND INTERVIEWS: Contact Stephaan Harris, 202.357.7504 or


The Nation's Report Card is the only nationally representative, continuing evaluation of the condition of education in the United States and has served as a national yardstick of student achievement since 1969. Through the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), The Nation's Report Card informs the public about what America's students know and can do in various subject areas, and compares achievement data between states and various student demographic groups.

The National Assessment Governing Board is an independent, bipartisan board whose members include governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators, business representatives and members of the general public. Congress created the 26-member Governing Board in 1988 to set policy for NAEP.

SOURCE National Assessment Governing Board