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As part of the 2010 geography assessment, teachers of fourth-graders were asked to indicate the frequency in which they taught various skills and topics as part of geography instruction. The percentages of students whose teachers responded in each category are below.

Grade 4
Grade 8
Grade 12

All but 1 percent of fourth-graders had teachers who reported using maps and globes as a part of geography instruction, while approximately one-quarter of students had teachers who reported never or hardly ever studying other countries and cultures (26 percent), space and place (25 percent), and spatial dynamics and connections (25 percent).

Geography Topics: 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 for the following: using maps and globes, natural resources, other countries and cultures, environmental issues, space and place, spatial dynamics and connections.
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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