Civics Report Card Shows Decline, But Challenges Present Opportunities

On May 3, the National Assessment of Educational Progress released its report card, showing that eighth-grade civics scores have decreased significantly for the first time in the test’s 25-year history.

These results demonstrate that there is a greater need for civic education than ever before. The many years of our nation neglecting the importance of civics are clearly shown in these numbers, and we now must prioritize constitutional understanding and responsible civic engagement for our democracy to thrive.

Trend in eighth-grade civics scores

We are proud to have decades of experience delivering exceptional programming that engages learners of all ages in our constitutional democracy and hope that today’s news can catalyze meaningful and lasting recognition of the value of civics.

Through deep investment and collaboration, we can combat the decline in civic education and engagement, but only when we work together in furtherance of forming a more perfect union.

It is with this intention that I encourage you to find impactful ways to create pathways forward. Whether that be deepening your understanding of the issue or supporting organizations positioned to create positive change.

Yours in civics,

Christopher R. Riano


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