America’s students are largely uninformed about the democratic process and US government, especially high school seniors, according to civics scores from the Nation’s Report Card.

Raised_HandsAmerica’s students have little knowledge about how the democratic process works – including those on the cusp of voting themselves, according to the most recent results from the Nation’s Report Card.

The civics scores recently released by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) had a few bright spots – particularly for fourth-graders and for Hispanic students. But overall they indicated relatively poor civics knowledge by students at all levels, and particularly among 12th-graders.

Just 24 percent of high school seniors scored at a proficient level or above, a slight drop from the last civics test in 2006, largely driven by declining scores for 12th-grade girls. Just 4 percent of seniors scored at an advanced level, and 36 percent didn’t even reach the most basic level.

“Knowledge of our system of government is not handed down through the gene pool,” said retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, speaking at the report’s release. “What these scores tell us is that we’re not doing well enough in educating young people about our government and how it works.”

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Source: Amanda Paulson | The Christian Science Monitor