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Test scores in history and civics among American eighth graders have hit lows not seen in 20years, according to the first Nation’s Report Card released since before the pandemic years.

The Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) releases their National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) every four years, and this year’s release shows some shocking results.

Per Breitbart News:

The history and civics rests were administered to a “representative sample” of 8,000 eighth graders in spring 2022.

Roughly 40 percent of eighth graders scored “below basic” in U.S. History, up from 34 percent in 2018 and 28 percent in 2014. Just 13 percent were considered proficient in the subject, down from 18 percent in 2014.

The average score on the NAEP’s history scale reached 258, down from its 2014 peak of 267 and one point lower than the score of the subject’s first assessment in 1994.

The NAEP measures scores on a scale of 0-300.

Additionally, the civics score declined for the first time since the assessment began testing the subject in 1998. The average civics score fell three points from 153 to 150, the same score from the 1998 assessment.

Further, 31 percent of students scored “below basic” in civics, while 22 percent were considered proficient.

These results come on the heels of years of draconian COVID lockdowns and school closings that have destroyed our educational system.

And it is getting worse.

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Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.


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