‘Who’ are our students? A view from the NAEP Geography Assessment

Authors: Michael Solem*, National Center for Research in Geography Education
Topics: Geography Education
Keywords: NAEP, opportunity to learn, capabilities, geographic learning.
Session Type: Paper
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Powerful Geography is an approach to curriculum making that accounts for diversity and difference among students. One indicator of 'who' students are is their level of proficiency and interest in geography. This paper examines patterns of student achievement through a multi-level statistical analysis of restricted-use National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Geography Assessment datasets. The analysis identifies a variety of household-, classroom-, and school-level contextual factors that potentially explain differences in student achievement across demographic and socioeconomic fault lines. The study also explores the extent schools are preparing students with geographic knowledge and skills that are important for future work and civic participation.

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