Mass. policymakers seek boost to civics education

January 7, 2019

Policymakers want to enhance civics education from kindergarten to college, and educators say civic engagement by students could be a way to learn by doing.

A 2017 national report by Tufts University found that high school civics education has been stagnant since the 1990s. Test scores for eighth grade National Assessment of Education Progress in U.S. history and civics have either increased moderately or stayed the same since 1998. The proportion of students taking AP courses on American history has declined, although the proportion of students studying government and politics has increased, the study found.

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