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June 15th, 2011
09:13 AM ET

Perry's Principles: American fourth graders don't know much about history

Only 9% of American fourth graders were able to identify Abraham Lincoln and list two reasons for his importance as part of the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress U.S. History Test. The History exam showed the lowest scores of all subject tested by the NAEP and included questions on other topics such as the Civil War, the civil rights movement and the world wars.

The results of The National Assessment of Educational Progress Test, which was given to thirty-thousand students nationwide, are raising questions about the effectiveness of the No Child Left Behind law.

Education Secretary Arnie Duncan said, "These results tell us that, as a country, we are failing to provide children with a high-quality, well-rounded education."

Education Contributor Steve Perry discusses the implications of the test results with American Morning.

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