[caption id="attachment_63374" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Only 27 percent of fourth-graders, 22 percent of eighth-graders, and 24 percent of twelfth-graders scored proficient or higher in civics."][/caption]Roughly three-quarters of U.S. students failed to reach proficiency in a national exam testing their awareness of civics last year—a result that severely undermines the nation’s democracy, some observers warn.

The National Assessment Governing Board released the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) "Civics Report Card" at a press conference May 4 at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

The "Nation's Report...

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