Press Release

Statement by Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers, On the NAEP U.S. History Results

For Release: 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Contact:

John See
202/879-4458
jsee@aft.org

 

WASHINGTON—An informed, active citizenry and an educated workforce are essential pillars of a healthy democracy. So, it is encouraging that today's students know more about United States history than students did in the mid-1990s, according to the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

However, the NAEP results also show that, while there have been some improvements—particularly for low-income students in the early grades—high school students' achievement is flat, and African-American, Hispanic and low-income students still trail white students and more affluent students. We can improve these results by strengthening the U.S. history curriculum, by including far more opportunities for project-based learning and engagement, and by better supporting the teachers and schools that serve poor and minority students.