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Mapping Geographic Literacy in Texas

by Dr. Jeff Lash

"Never before in human history has it been more important for a person to be geographically literate." (The Road Map Project) Given this, public schools must shoulder the burden of providing high quality geography education. Toward this end, in 2007, the state of Texas enacted Senate Bill 1031. The legislation created the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), including an end-of-course (EOC) exam requirement for high school World Geography. The maps below are part of a larger project to make the assessment data for the EOC widely available, and to give public officials and school administrators a unique opportunity to make data-driven decisions.

This map displays the results of the spring 2012 STAAR World Geography end-of-course exam. CLICK in the map to explore exam results for selected student demographics and scales.

Data Source: Texas Education Agency, 2012. This project is supported by the Social Studies Collaborative at the University of Texas at Arlington and the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education.