- Submitted by TimDaly on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:54pm
On April 7, U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray unveiled their long-anticipated compromise measure to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka NCLB or ESEA.) The social studies were not 'left behind' in the Senators' bill. --> read more » 
- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Thu, 07/11/2013 - 12:10pm
Below is an update from the Ohio Council for the Social Studies.
"The Ohio Council for the Social Studies is celebrating an advocacy victory. Governor Kasich has signed the biennium budget and the Ohio Department of Education has confirmed that new Social Studies assessments will be administered to 4th and 6th grade students beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. These assessments will be electronic, grade-level specific and be aligned to Ohio’s New Learning Standards for the Social Studies. --> read more » 
- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 5:44pm
It is time to contact your Members of Congress asking them to support social studies education by including funding for civic learning and history in their appropriations requests.
Attached you will find a sample letter that you can use.
You can find your Members of Congress at:
US House -- http://www.house.gov/representatives/ 
US Senate -- http://www.senate.gov/ 
- Submitted by TimDaly on Fri, 06/22/2012 - 2:32pm
The United States Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to pass its funding bill for health and education programs for next year. Budget cuts forced difficult tradeoffs and even cuts to popular programs. However, it is disappointing that once again, the bill included no federal support for teaching history, civics, geography or economics. --> read more » 
- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Tue, 04/24/2012 - 3:06pm
Please contact your member of the US House of Reps and urge that they support HR3464, the 'Sandra Day O'Connor Civic Learning Act!' More info at www.civicmissionofschools.org 
- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Mon, 02/27/2012 - 3:22pm
Below is a copy of the NCSS letter written to the Virginia House to help urge Virginia to continue their 3rd Grade Socials Studies and Science SOL assessments.
January 27, 2012
Honorable Mark L. Dudenhefer Chairman,
Committee on Education
Virginia House of Delegates
Dear Mr. Dudenhefer:
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- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Tue, 02/14/2012 - 4:14pm
The Obama Administration's Fact Sheet on the FY2013 Budget, as well as a link to the briefing that took place on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at the US Department of Education is posted on the NCSS Connected Home page.
Please view Ana Post's blog below to visit these links. --> read more » 
- Submitted by TimDaly on Thu, 01/19/2012 - 4:39pm
Over the next few weeks, states around our nation can join Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Tennessee in submitting waivers to the requirements of the federal education law No Child Left Behind (NCLB). --> read more » 
- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Fri, 10/14/2011 - 1:07pm
LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT: October 14, 2011
Dear NCSS Members:
Earlier this week, Senate HELP Committee Chairman Harkin (IA) released his draft re-write of No Child Left Behind. We expect it to be voted on in committee on Tuesday, October 18th. We understa nd that there may be an opportunity to elevate the social studies in the legislation, but we have to act fast. --> read more » 
- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Fri, 09/16/2011 - 4:51pm
Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's Op-Ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer on the importance of civic education.
- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Fri, 09/16/2011 - 3:19pm
The attached letter was written on behalf of social studies educators in Hawaii to the HI DOE. Educators in Hawaii alerted the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) that they were considerin reducing the number of social studies credits for high school graduation from four to three credits. We urged them not do so. --> read more » 
- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 3:43pm
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. --> read more » 
- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 2:46pm
From the Associated Press
Wall Street Journal, June 14, 2011
Report: Students don't know much about US History
U.S. students don't know much about American history. --> read more » 
- Submitted by Jordan Grote on Tue, 06/14/2011 - 11:10am
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.” --> read more »