Contact your Congressional Representatives to request that funding for NAEP assessments assures that those related to NCLB-designated core social studies content areas are administered according to the original schedule.
NAGB has eliminated:
- US History and Civics in Grades 4 in 2010 and 2014 from the NAEP assessment schedule;
- postponed Geography from 2010 to 2014; and
- eliminated Economics and World History scheduled for 2012
Changes in planned testing and administration of the NAEP require significant lead time to accommodate the lengthy process of crafting test questions, selecting representative samples of schools and students, and other preparations, including a decision on whether to proceed with the geography test by February 2008.
Members of Congress have recognized the need for expanded testing and are considering a proposal to administer tests in more states with larger sample sizes in US History and Civics to provide comparative data similar to other NAEP assessed subjects.
Research has well established the impact of assessment on instructional time, including the documented marginalization of social studies teaching and learning in our Nation's classrooms and schools.