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ERIC Number: ED519842
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 69
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 79
Task Force Report on Social Studies Education in Maryland: The Challenge and the Imperative
Maryland State Department of Education
In November 2004, State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick convened the Maryland Social Studies Task Force. The Task Force was charged with examining issues related to social studies education and recommending ways to improve social studies instruction in Maryland's public schools. The Task Force formed four Subcommittees, each examining an area critical to a high-quality education in social studies: (1) curriculum and instruction; (2) assessment; (3) teacher preparation and professional development; and (4) communication and outreach. At their core, the Task Force's nine recommendations are intended to stem the decline in time and attention afforded social studies in the classroom, and to position Maryland as a leader in effective social studies education. This paper includes six sections. Section I, National Perspective, outlines national trends in social studies education. Section II, Maryland Perspective, examines social studies instruction and achievement in Maryland. Section III, Curriculum and Instruction Subcommittee Report, outlines issues influencing the quantity and quality of social studies instruction in Maryland and offers recommendations to increase both. Section IV, Assessment Subcommittee Report, analyzes types of assessments, examines the pros and cons of social studies assessments and recommends an assessment approach for Maryland. Section V, Teacher Quality Subcommittee Report, examines the degree to which Maryland teachers are prepared to teach social studies and recommends improvements in the preparation and professional development offered them. Section VI, Communication and Outreach Subcommittee Report, discusses the public's perception of the quality and importance of social studies education and recommends ways to influence it. Footnotes are also included. (Contains 17 figures and 6 tables.)
Maryland State Department of Education. 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Tel: 410-767-0600; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Department of Education
Identifiers - Location: Maryland