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Issues and Research

Teaching history is about more than just relaying facts, dates, and historical narratives. Teachers must also adhere to both state and federal standards and prepare their students for important standardized tests. How exactly does the importance of test preparation affect the quality of teaching on the elementary level? This Roundtable discussion attempts to answer this crucial question. FIND OUT MORE »

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Select individual states for testing and graduation data. Click state name for more detailed information. Data from Report on the State of History Education (2010).

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Research Briefs

Key research in history education

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Topics issues in history education

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What makes professional development meaningful for history teachers? [...] »

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Are the Common Core State Standards a good idea? What are the pros and cons of [...] »

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What impact do AP history courses have? Do they give eager students an [...] »

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Spotlight: Report on History Education

A report on the state of history educationThis report examines history education, primarily at the state level. The updated report includes state policies and national programs as of 2010, including world history requirements and testing.

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