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National Test Shows Little Progress in Grasping Democracy, U.S. Role in World
By Stephanie Banchero
Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2011

WSJ's Stephanie Banchero has details of a National Assessment of Educational Progress study showing students at the fourth, eighth and twelfth grade levels struggle with basic history questions.

The NAEP U.S. History results released today are a clear indication that we do not regard U.S. History as crucial to preparing our students for college, career, and citizenship. NCSS Executive Director Susan Griffin said: “the poor 12th grade results indicate that the next cohort of new voters are not well grounded in U.S. History, this is a disservice to our democracy.”

ISSUE BRIEF
Election 2010 Results

NOVEMBER 3, 2010
Prepared by Ellin Nolan (enolan@wpllc.net)
Charts prepared by Stephanie Lovell (slovell@wpllc.net)

Introduction
This Issue Brief addresses the following topics that are bookmarked for easy navigation:

Summary of Results
U.S. Senate Chart
U.S. House of Representatives Chart
Additional Election Information

Summary of Results

2010 STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

Event Brief

Prepared by:

Della Cronin (dcronin@wpllc.net)
Washington Partners, LLC

January 28, 2010

ISSUE BRIEF

FY 2011 Budget

JANUARY 25, 2009
Prepared by:
Jenn Castagna, Vice President
Washington Partners, LLC
jcastagna@wpllc.net

Overview

On December 10, 2009, the House of Representatives adopted an Omnibus spending plan for FY 2010. The package included a bill making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. The Omnibus bill was then passed by the Senate on December 13, 2009, and is awaiting the signature of the President.

Attached is the Kentucky Council for the Social Studies letter on Common Core Standards that has been sent to Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director of the CCSSO.

On Tuesday, December 8, the House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing to learn more about states' efforts to help improve the nation's competitiveness by adopting a common core of college and career readiness standards. The hearing focused on the Common Core Standards Initiative and its progress and promise. Attached please find a summary of the hearing.

Attached is a summary of the final requirements for the $3.546 billion School Improvement Grants (SIGs) made available from the combined American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and Fiscal Year 2009 appropriations funds. Secretary Duncan announced the release on Thursday, December 3.

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