Report - Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences

Report - Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences

and certification in history. 8 Given the importance of historical knowledge to a functioning

democracy, this fact gives cause for concern. High-level training in the appropriate

subject matter is of critical importance in ensuring the continued strength of

our nation’s teaching corps, and current teachers should be provided with resources

for professional development. We should also think creatively about expanding the

pool of qualified teachers. The ong>Commissionong> encourages states and school districts

to facilitate the entry of advanced-degree holders into k-12 teaching through revised

certification procedures and fellowships as well as state and federal loan-forgiveness

programs. 9

In July 2012, President Obama proposed the creation of a stem Master Teacher Corps,

based on a recommendation from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science

and Technology (pcast). The purpose of the corps is to “applaud our Nation’s stem

History Achievement of 4th, 8th, and 12th Graders as Measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (naep),

1994 and 2010

Percentage of Students Scoring at naep Achievement Level












* 4th Grade * 8th Grade 12th Grade

1994 2010** 1994 2010** 1994 2010**



Achievement Level: ■ Advanced ■ Proficient ■ Basic ■ Below Basic

* The percentage of students scoring at or above this level was significantly different (p < .05) from the percentage in 1994.

** Accommodations permitted for English language learners and students with disabilities.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress,

The Nation’s ong>Reportong> Card: U.S. History 2010, nces 2011-468 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011), 2 fig. C.

26 k-12 Education

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