National History Test Results Aren't Too Hot, But Could You Pass the Exams? National History Test Results Aren't Too Hot, But Could You Pass the Exams?
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National History Test Results Aren't Too Hot, But Could You Pass the Exams?

by Liz Dwyer

June 17, 2011

Which of the following best explains the trend shown in the graph above?

1. Farmers needed to grow less food.
2. The birth rate in the United States declined.
3. Farms became increasingly mechanized.
4. Farmers stopped planting because their soil was overused.

To get this question correct, students would either have to be skilled at deductive reasoning or have a teacher that actually taught about the industrial farming complex. Given that American students have long lacked proficiency in history, I'm not convinced most adults can score well on these questions—we did just have a national debate about the details of Paul Revere's ride. You can test yourself on questions from each of the three grade levels covered in the NAEP here.

photo via Wikimedia Commons

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National History Test Results Aren't Too Hot, But Could You Pass the Exams?