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Tests show most 8th graders don't fare well in history, social studies

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

It may be time for kids to take another history lesson.

Test scores reveal that most 8th grade students nationwide don't do well on history and social studies tests.

About 25 percent showed a solid performance in U.S. history, civics and geography.

Heartland teachers feel the key is to make history and government more relevant with hands-on lessons in classrooms or field trips.

They also say from math to music, incorporating history and civics into lessons makes a difference.

“Just getting in in elementary classes early on I think it would be something we need to stress and make it relevant and then it's something kids would pick up on,” said Teacher Craig Hamilton.

Teachers say making history or civics a bigger part of standardized testing could also bring up student retention rates.

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