Civics Framework and Specifications
Civics Framework for the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a survey mandated by the U.S. Congress to collect and report information about student achievement in various academic subjects, such as mathematics, science, reading, writing, history, geography, and civics. The National Assessment Governing Board sets policy and the overall dimensions for the assessment program. The Board has scheduled a National Assessment in civics for 2010 to gauge knowledge and skills about civics and government of the nation’s 4th-, 8th-, and 12th-grade students. This civics assessment will use the same Framework as in 1998 to enable NAEP to report on trends in student achievement from 1998 to 2010.
To gauge the civic knowledge and skills of the nation’s 4th-, 8th-, and 12th-grade students, NAEP has scheduled an assessment for 2010. A biennial, congressionally mandated survey, NAEP sometimes is called “The Nation’s Report Card” because for more than 25 years it has collected and reported survey-based information about student achievement in mathematics, science, reading, writing, history, geography, and other subjects, including civics. NAEP is not a national test; however, it is a barometer or broad indicator of how much and how well students are learning. It is not used to gather information on individual students or as a basis for sanctions or rewards in the education system. In accordance with law, NAEP does not report scores for individual students or schools.