Putting civics to the test: The impact of state-level civics assessments on civic knowledge

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Discipline 1 Educational research
Discipline 2
Publication Title Putting civics to the test: The impact of state-level civics assessments on civic knowledge
Description The national debate over the efficacy of state-level exams has largely ignored whether assessments in civics enhance democratic education, but a 2012 national survey of 18–24-year-olds substantiates the hypothesis that civics assessments matter for civic education. While civics assessments required for high school graduation do not appear to influence voter turnout or party identification, they do lead to greater civic knowledge in youths, with the greatest gains among African Americans, Hispanics, and immigrants—especially Hispanic immigrants. Future research should specifically address why required civics assessments are effective, what happens to civic knowledge when states adopt or eliminate their civics assessments, and whether the behavior of students, teachers, and administrators changes when a new civics assessment is introduced.
Publication Year 2014
Publication Author David Campbell
Publication Type Paper
Publisher AEI
Major Funders
Publication Link http://www.aei.org/publication/putting-civics-to-the-test-the-impact-of-state-level-civics-assessments-on-civic-knowledge/