How well do you know American civics: history, economics, politics? Take the Civic Literacy Report – Civics Quiz from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
I scored 90% or 54 out of 60 questions correct. (I missed a couple of easy ones, mainly through reading too quickly. On the other hand I took some educated guesses at others and got them right, so I guess it’s a wash.)
Just for comparison, the average score for the quiz on the web site is 70.2%. The quiz was developed to test college students’ knowledge of American civics and they didn’t do even as well. The average college senior scored a 54%, which is a failing grade in most places. The average Harvard University senior scored at 69% and the school was one of the best at improving the students’ knowledge between freshman and senior year. Even so, that’s Harvard; you’d expect them to do well and perhaps even better. Many schools did much worse.
Frankly, I’d expect kids to come into college with much of this knowledge already, but even so it’s disheartening to see how many leave college without it. On the other hand, I’d like to see what the average home-schooled college freshman scores on it.
So how did you do?