to learn more. lauren has the story from washington, d.c. >> if i asked you which rights were protected by the first amendment, how would you respond? >> the one right that's protected by the first amendment is freedom of speech. >> correct. in addition to freedom of speech, our constitution protects several other rights -- freedom of the press, religion, peaceful assembly, and the right to petition for grievances. that's considered basic knowledge of civics for american eighth-graders by the national assessment governing board. >> the national assessment governing board is a board that sets the policy for the national assessment of educational progress, otherwise known as naep. the main goal is to ensure that we can measure the knowledge across different subjects for all students in grades 4, 8, and 12. >> the board regularly tests a sample of american students. then it issues a report card stating how many of us are performing at three levels. so, explain the difference between the three levels. >> at the lowest level of achievement, if you will, we have basic, then we have
washington, d.c. finally, let's go over to europe. stormy weather shifting towards the eastern portion of europe and out west scattiered showers. to the south, hot kegs are still remaining across the eye beerian peninsula. lisbon, 24. warming up to 30 degrees on your thursday. is the extended forecast. >>> that wraps up this edition of "newsline." i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. thanks for joining us.
prudential. they came from all over the united states to be honored in washington, d.c. -- teens who have already made a difference in their communities and the world. >> please join me in officially saluting the 2012 prudential spirit of community state honorees. >> for 17 years, prudential, along with the national association of secondary school principals, has been saluting teens who lead volunteer efforts. middle and high school students are chosen from each state and the district of columbia. state honorees were awarded silver medallions and $1,000. the 10 students named national honorees received gold medallions and a $5,000 grant for the charity of their choice. and all the honorees received praise from a winning super bowl quarterback. >> what i know is if "elite" means "best in class," this year's winners of the prudential spirit of community award clearly fit the definition. >> national honoree gracie schram is from kansas. the 13-year-old performer sold cds to help communities in africa and haiti. another top honoree is 17-year-old candonino agusen of hawaii. he raised money fo
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