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NCTE's Position Statements on Key Issues

Voting Is Under Way for Resolutions from the 2016 Annual Convention

Members attending the Annual Business Meeting during the 2016 NCTE Annual Convention in November approved three resolutions to be moved forward to a vote by the membership (10% of the membership must vote in this election).

Email ballots (and mailed ballots for those members without email addresses) have been sent to all Emeritus, Standard, and Life members. Announcements about these resolutions are expected in early March:

  • Resolution on Contemporary Discourse and the English Language Arts Classroom
  • Resolution on Legislation to Protect the Rights of Student Journalists
  • Resolution Opposing High-Stakes Teacher Candidate Performance Assessments


Learn More about NCTE's Position Statements

NCTE and its constituent groups have developed position statements on a variety of education issues vital to the teaching and learning of English language arts.

Also, each year the NCTE Executive Committee approves an Education Policy Platform that NCTE and its members use to guide their literacy education advocacy efforts (learn how the platform is developed).

Under the NCTE Constitution, the Council's positions on education issues are established by resolutions passed at the Annual Business Meeting for the Board of Directors and Other Members of the Council during NCTE's Annual Convention each November and ratified by a vote of at least 10% of the NCTE membership. Members may also propose position statements and guidelines other than resolutions.

Help Shape NCTE
Positions by Submitting
a Resolution

Any NCTE member may submit a resolution to the NCTE Committee on Resolutions, which has the discretionary authority to edit and submit a version for passage at the Annual Business Meeting. If passed by the members attending the Annual Business Meeting, proposed resolutions are sent to the NCTE membership for ratification on a ballot (10% of the membership must vote). Resolutions so ratified by the membership shall become official NCTE positions that go to the Executive Committee for action. Resolutions must be submitted by October 15.

NCTE Position Statements on education issues are approved by the NCTE Board of Directors or NCTE Executive Committee.

NCTE Guidelines are statements found to be consistent with NCTE positions on education issues.

Additional position statements have been approved by the Executive Committees of the following Council groups:


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