National Briefs

2014 Geography Assessment

The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) released the results of the Nation's Report Card: Geography 2014.  The results of the 2014 assessment - which tested content areas such as space and place, environment and society, and spatial dynamics and connections - reveal no significant change in the average geography score of eighth-graders since 1994. Only 27% of students performed at or above Proficient.

Explore the 2014 Assessment.

Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Thanks to the tireless efforts of The American Association of Geographers (AAG), the National Geographic Education Foundation, and others, Geography is again included as a core academic subject within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) bill, and there is a new funding program that awards competitive grants "to promote innovative history, civic, and geography instruction, learning strategies, and professional development activities and programs." Work will continue to encourage Senators to include a geography-specific authorization as part of the bill.

Read more about these efforts and how you can help.

Geography Road Map Project

Four geography heavy-hitters (Association of American Geographers, American Geographical Society, the National Council for Geographic Education, and National Geographic Society) partnered to develop three reports: Assessment, Geography Education Research, and Instructional Materials and Professional Development.

Explore the Road Map for 21st Century Geography Education.