History repeats itself: tests show students still poor at history

If you are able to say why Abraham Lincoln was an important figure in U.S. History or why the pilgrims wanted to leave England, then chances are you know more then most U.S. fourth graders.

Less then half of the U.S. fourth graders tested in public and non-public schools were able to answer those two questions on a history exam, according to results released Tuesday by the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Just 20 percent of fourth graders, 17 percent of eighth graders and 12 percent of high school seniors are proficient in history, the analysis found, which are near identical proficiency levels from five years ago.

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