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  • As we reach the final days of 2018, here are some of high points from the fall semester! Our voter registration teams came out in full force despite the rain on National Voter Registration Day! Stay tuned as we share more moments throughout the week! ,
  • As we reach the final days of 2018, here are some of the high points from the fall semester! Our Constitution Day Lecture with reminded us political participation begins with voting and engagement ,
  • Interested in running for office or working on a campaign? We can help! Save the date for RU Running? Free political campaign training for Rutgers students! New date: Wednesday April 10, 2019 4:00pm to 7:00PM Eagleton Institute of Politics Registration begins in the new year! ,
  • On the last day of the semester at Rutgers University, we want to highlight the interns who created content as well as registered and mobilized their fellow students this semester! Thank you Brandon and Emily! Best of luck to all students taking finals! ,
  • RT : Highlight of the semester - being interviewed for the edition of ⁦@Scholastic⁩!! ⁦@RutgersCYPP⁩ ⁦@Eagleton_RU⁩ ,

The Eagleton Assessment

The Eagleton Institute offers the Eagleton Assessment, an online assessment that measures the levels of civic engagement of high school freshmen.  The project was piloted in a handful of high schools in 2007.

The Eagleton Assessment goes beyond measuring students’ levels of civic knowledge and demographic characteristics. Instead, the assessment takes up the challenge issued in The Civic Mission of Schools (2003) to consider attitudes as well as civic and political skills when measuring civic engagement. As a result, the Eagleton Assessment includes questions regarding civic knowledge as well as questions that gauge students’ levels of political efficacy and trust in government, discussion and news consumption; and propensity to express themselves and engage in community and electoral activities. This well-rounded approach to youth civic engagement is consistent with the emphasis placed on active citizenship in New Jersey’s revised core curriculum content standards.

The Eagleton Assessment is placed online and made available to participating high schools for their students to take at the beginning of the academic year and again towards the end of the year.  The Eagleton Institute provides school administrators summary data of their students’ levels of civic engagement at the conclusion of each survey.

Value and Impact

The Eagleton Assessment provides schools with an efficient means for measuring the quality of their institution’s civic education, both yearly and longitudinally.  With this tool, schools can evaluate the effectiveness of their civics curriculum; collect data useful for strategic planning and/or crafting benchmarks for improvement in civic instruction; and demonstrate accountability to public officials. The Eagleton Assessment also provides a useful method for measuring the strength of schools’ character education and their success at equipping students with 21st Century skills.

The Eagleton Assessment also promises to serve as a valuable resource for researchers, policymakers, and the public.  The assessment will provide district-level data on levels of civic engagement from schools and students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds – data that exist nowhere else. With this information, more rigorous attention can be given to the quality of civic education, the factors affecting its quality, and the effect of civic instruction on young people’s sense of citizenship.

For more information, contact:

Elizabeth C. Matto, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Youth Political Participation