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Time Spent on Geography


As part of the 2010 geography assessment, teachers of fourth- and eighth-graders were asked to indicate the percentage of social studies instruction time in which they primarily focused on geography. The percentages of students whose teachers responded in each category are below.

Grade 4
Grade 8

Approximately two-thirds (67 percent) of fourth-graders had teachers who reported that they spend 40 percent or less of their social studies instructional time on geography.

Geography Instruction Time: Grade 4 percentage of students

NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Some apparent differences between estimates may not be statistically significant. See complete data.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2010 Geography Assessment.

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