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Classroom Context: Civics Classroom Activities

As part of the 2010 civics assessment, fourth-, eighth-, and twelfth-graders were asked about the types of civics activities they performed in school. The figures below provide the percentages of students who responded that they had participated at least monthly in each of the activities shown.

Grade 4
Grade 8
Grade 12

While 95 percent of eighth-graders reported that they took a test or quiz at least monthly, only 34 percent reported taking part in debates or panel discussions with the same frequency.

Civics Activities: Grade 8 percentage of students

NOTE: Some apparent differences between estimates may not be statistically significant. See complete data for the following activities: Take a test or a quiz , read material from a textbook , discuss the material studied , discuss current events , read material not in the regular textbook , work on a group project , use the books or computers in the library to do schoolwork , write a report , give a presentation to the class , take part in the debates or panel discussions .
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2010 Civics Assessment.

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