Testing for Civic Knowledge

March 21, 2001 1 min read
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The IEA tested 90,000 14-year-olds in 28 countries on their civics knowledge, engagement, and attitudes. Scores are on a 160-point scale.

Country Score
Poland 111
Finland 109
Cyprus 108
Greece 108
Hong Kong1 107
United States 106
Italy 105
Slovak Republic 105
Norway2 103
Czech Republic 103
Australia 102
Hungary 102
Slovenia 101
Denmark2 100
International Sample 100
Germany3 100
Russian Federation1 100
England4 99
Sweden4 99
Switzerland 98
Bulgaria 98
Portugal5 96
Belgium (French)2 95
Estonia 94
Lithuania 94
Romania 92
Latvia 92
Chile 88
Colombia 86

1. Countries did not meet age/grade specification.
2. Countries’ overall participation rate after replacement less than 85 percent.
3. National Desired Population does not cover all International Desired Population.
4. Countries with testing date at beginning of school year.

SOURCE: “Citizenship and Education in Twenty-Eight Countries,” International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, 2001.

A version of this article appeared in the March 21, 2001 edition of Education Week as Testing for Civic Knowledge


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