Resolutions Passed: The 48th NCSS House of Delegates

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Resolutions Passed: The 48th NCSS House of Delegates


These resolutions, presented by delegates from NCSS affiliates, were passed at the annual House of Delegates (HOD) Assembly, November 19-21, 2004, in Baltimore, Maryland.

04-01 Teaching American History Grant Funding

Supported by Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Northern Nevada, Southern Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Prince Georges County, and Texas

Rationale: The Teaching American History Grants have provided the first step in funding quality professional development opportunities for social studies educators across our nation.

WHEREAS, each LEA grant recipient has utilized Teaching American History Grant funding to provide continuous quality professional development for teachers of American history,

WHEREAS, many states and school districts continue to struggle with the financial burden of providing quality professional development for all social studies professionals,

WHEREAS, NCSS is committed to providing avenues for continual professional growth that result in the creation of effective citizens,

WHEREAS, NCSS recognizes that student achievement is positively affected by the presence of highly qualified teachers who engage in continuous professional development,

BE IT RESOLVED, that NCSS Board of Directors advocate that the U.S. Congress continue funding professional development grant opportunities not only for the Teaching American History Grants but also to develop other grant programs to address other areas within the social sciences and humanities and that this funding become a permanent item under federal education funding.

04-02 NAEP Social Studies Testing

Supported by Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Missouri, Southern Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas

Rationale: Assessments of social studies content areas have been postponed by the U.S. Department of Education and National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), and current NAGB recommendations are to assess social studies disciplines in grade 12 only if resources permit. In order for each state to maintain high quality social studies education programs, a regularly scheduled program of social studies assessments needs to be maintained.

WHREAS, many states do not conduct assessments in social studies,

WHEREAS, assessment is the means of determining the effectiveness of curriculum and instruction,

WHEREAS, current NAEP social studies assessments do not include disaggregated data that allow states to compare their students performance to a national standard,

BE IT RESOLVED, if not already completed, that

(1) NCSS encourage all state councils to request that the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) include 12th grade assessments in social studies content areas that include disaggregated data;

(2) NCSS notify the Secretary of Education and related officials of the U. …

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