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The Nations Report Card: Geography 2001

Released in June 2002, this 168-page report offers a comprehensive overview of the state of geography education in the 4th, 8th, and 12th grades across the United States. Administered by the National Center for Education Statistics in the US Department of Education, the report presents the results of the sample survey of student achievement in geography, along with comparing the results to the 1994 study. In addition to providing overall average scores and achievement-level performance indicators in geography, the report contains detailed information on the performance of different subgroups, such as gender, race and ethnicity, region of the country, and parents' education. Some of the major findings show that the average geography scores for 4th and 8th graders were higher in 2001, while the performance of 12th graders was not significantly different. Appropriately, the report also contains an extended discussion of the survey's methodology and its sampling method.
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