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Knowledge-Based Governance

The NCTE Executive Committee follows the principles of knowledge-based governance, a decision-making model that encourages careful study of relevant information and full dialogue and deliberation about the consequences of action before policy is established. When contemplating an issue, we ask:
  • What do we know about how this issue may effect our members and stakeholders?
  • What do we know about how trends--educational, demographic, economic, or cultural--are changing this issue? 
  • What do we know about NCTE's capacity to act, alone or in alliance with others, on this issue?
  • What are the ethical dimensions of our choices?

Executive Committee

Members are elected to the NCTE Executive Committee each spring, for terms ranging from two to four years. The job of the executive committee is to:

  • establish priorities and direction for the Council,
  • to make policy,
  • to provide administrative oversight,
  • and to model leadership practices that are consistent with our mission and values.

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NCTE President Sandy Hayes: Moratorium on High Stakes Tests the Right Response to Common Core Implementation

Ever since NCTE provided a series of thoughtful critiques of the draft ELA Common Core Standards documents starting in 2009, the Council has been consistent in opposing implementation measures that would reduce teachers' flexibility in designing instruction, choosing materials, or using appropriate assessments to engage learners and improve equity across all classrooms. It is clear that rushing into the next generation of high stakes assessments, long before implementation of significant improvements in the organizational conditions needed to advance learning, is a recipe for disaster. Thus, we join organizations like AFT and courageous administrators like Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr in calling for a moratorium on standardized testing and immediate suspension of the practice of evaluating teachers based on student scores on standardized tests..
-- Sandy Hayes, May 28, 2013 (Complete Text)

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The NCTE Executive Committee meets five times annually.

As described in the NCTE Constitution and By-laws, the Executive Committee shares public policy making responsibility with the NCTE Board of Directors (BOD), a group consisting of affiliate leaders, journal editors, and conference and commission leaders from NCTE's many constituencies. The NCTE BOD meets at the NCTE Annual Convention

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