National Briefs

NEAP Assessment

The Nation's Report Card: Geography 2010

The NEAP assessment in geography explores students' knowledge of geography in the context of space and place, environment and society, and spatial dynamics and connections. The assessment looked at a representative sample of 4th-grade, 8th grade, and 12th grade students and compared these results eith those from the 1994 and 2001 assessments. Students scores are categorized as basic, profient, or advanced. Two key results indicate that:

  • Grade 4 students improved but grade 8 and 12 students did not
  • Boys scored higher then girls at all three grade levels

The assessment is based on the "Geography Framework for the 2010 NEAP".

The Nation's Report Card: Geography 2014

The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) released the4 results of the Nation's Report Card: Geography 2014.  Various subjects within the social studies are assessed every four years, including civics, geography and U.S. History.  The results of the 2014 assessment - which tested content areas such as space and place, environment and society, and spatial dynamics and connections - represent the achievement levels of eighth-grade students nationwide.  Key findings include:

27% of students performed at or above Proficient in 2014, though results were not significantly different from the previous assessment in 2010.

  • Hispanic students made gains since 2010, narrowing the White-Hispanic score gap at grade 8.
  • The White-Black achievement gap narrowed from 40 points to 33 points between 1994 and 2014. 
  • A higher percentage of students in 2014 reported using computers for social studies than in 2010. 

View the interactive geography report at:  Broken Link

GENIP Geography Standards

The Geographic Education National Implementation Project (GENIP) is in the process of revising its 1994 publication "Geography for Life: National Geography Standards".  The new version is now available through NCGE.

AAG Resolution

The American Association of Geographers (AAG) has issued a resolution to support K-12 geography education. This is an important step in building momentum for future funding of geographic education in the U.S.

AAG resolution

Speak Up For Geography (TGIF)

The Teaching Geography Is Fundamental (TGIF) Act is federal legislation that would authorize grants to universities and nonprofit organizations for programs to expand geographic literacy among American students and improve the teaching of geography at the K-12 level. The bi-partisan bill was introduced in the 113th Congress as H.R.822. In the Senate, Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) introduced corresponding legislation as S.370. TGIF authorizes $15 million per year for five years. Montanans have been particularly active in sending letters to their congressional leaders. We have one of the highest ratings of letters per member in the U.S. Senator Baucus has signed on as a co-sponsor of the bill.

TGIF website

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 Reserach, and Instructional Materials and Professional Development.

The Road Map Project for 21st Centruy Geography Education download