Our Statement Regarding the National Assessment of Educational Progress’ Decision to Remove Geography From Its Assessments

We are disappointed that the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has decided to remove geography from its assessments. This decision will lead to an important loss of data regarding students’ geographic knowledge at a time when it is critical that young people become more conscious and informed changemakers. The National Geographic Society was founded to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge. We will continue our 131-year commitment to geographic education so that students understand the wonder of our world.


About the National Geographic Society The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization that uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate the wonder of the world, define critical challenges and catalyze action to protect our planet. Since 1888, National Geographic has pushed the boundaries of exploration, investing in bold people and transformative ideas, providing more than 14,000 grants for work across all seven continents, reaching 3 million students each year through education offerings, and engaging audiences around the globe through signature convenings and content. To learn more, visit www.nationalgeographic.org or follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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