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NCSS Press Release

Approved by the NCSS Board of Directors, May 29, 2020

Silver Spring, MD – In response to the death of George Floyd, National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) condemns the use of excessive violence or force, or extrajudicial processes, used discriminately by law enforcement against blacks in America when investigating or enforcing probable or non-probable causes of infractions, misdemeanors, or felonies. These actions are against the civic values and practices we teach all students through social studies education.

Silver Spring, MD -- On Thursday, April 23, 2020, results were released from the 2018 administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Grade 8 Assessments in Civics, Geography, and U.S. History. 

The percentage of Grade 8 students who demonstrated proficiency in content knowledge and skills was 24% in Civics, 25% in Geography, and 15% in U.S. History. Overall scores in 2018, while not significantly different from 2014, indicated an across-subject decline. Trends across years document stagnant scores in Civics with U.S. History and Geography scores falling to or below achievement levels of 2001 and 1994, respectively. 

Call for Expertise

Social Studies and the Young Learner Editor Selection Committee

Call for Applications Editor of Social Studies and the Young Learner

NCSS: Thank you for taking the time to interview with us. Could you tell us about your involvement with NCSS over the years?

Shakealia: I first learned of NCSS in 2007 while working as a high school economics teacher. The organization provided me with a community of social studies teachers from across the U.S. who could help me navigate my way through the curriculum as a new teacher. I attended the annual conferences as a way to connect with other social studies educators and find resources for the classroom. My connection with fellow social studies educators and attendance at the conference led to my becoming involved with the African American Educators Community. 

NCSS: What inspired you to become an educator?

Democracy demands wisdom of the average man. Without the exercise of wisdom free institutions and personal liberty are inevitably imperiled. To know the best that has been thought and said in former times can make us wiser than we otherwise might be, and in this respect the humanities are not merely our, but the world’s best hope.

Commission on the Humanities, 1964