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Document Number: 3977

National Center for Education Statistics: Geography - In 2001, the National Assessment of Educational Progress tested a sampling of 4th, 8th and 12th graders in geography; about 25,000 students were assessed representing roughly 1,100 public and private schools nationwide. Last given in 1994, the assessment also polled students about learning factors such as whether they used computers to learn geography and how frequently they studied countries and cultures in school. Students' teachers also were surveyed on whether they had a major or minor in geography or other topics in their university coursework, how well-prepared they felt to teach geography at their present grade level and how frequently specific topics were discussed in their geography class. (National Center for Education Statistics, 2002)...

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