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NCTE's Position Statements on Key Issues

Voting on NCTE's 2014 Resolutions Begins December 11

Members attending the Annual Business Meeting during the NCTE Convention in November approved three resolutions:

  • Resolution on the Need for Diverse Children’s and Young Adult Books
  • Resolution on Mandatory Grade Retention and High-Stakes Testing
  • Resolution on the Dignity and Education of Immigrant, Undocumented, and Unaccompanied Youth

Now the NCTE membership will have the opportunity to decide if these resolutions should become official Council policies by participating in a ratification vote. Watch your email for the ballot and cast your votes! 

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 or by 2/3 vote of the NCTE Executive Committee. Members may 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. 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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Positions on Literacy Education Issues

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