Nebraska Academic Decathlon Program The National Association of Secondary School Principals have placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests & Activities for 2008-09. USAD Mission Statement . The purpose of the United States Academic
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The National Association of Secondary School Principals have placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests & Activities for 2008-09.
The purpose of the United States Academic
Decathlon is to develop and provide
academic competitions, curriculum, and
assessment to promote learning and
academic excellence through teamwork
among students of all achievement levels.
Created in 1968 by Dr. Robert Peterson, who believed student learning was accelerated and more information was retained if a team environment was provided for learners in conjunction with a competition to test their knowledge. His goal was to encourage large numbers of students, schools, and states to participate in this rigorous educational experience.
After the decathlon became a national
event, Nebraska became involved in 1983
when the Talented & Gifted Program of
Omaha Schools(OPS) ran the program for
its seven schools. After 3 years, OPS
decided it did not want to run a statewide
program. A new sponsor was needed.
After several educationally-based organizations
with a statewide mission refused to sponsor the
program, the Optimist Clubs agreed to handle the
task and convinced UNO to join them in a co-
sponsorship role. In 1995, Creighton University
joined the program as a co-sponsor. In 2000,
Creighton became the sole academic co-sponsor.
In order to operate the program, a non-profit
corporation(Nebraska Academic Decathlon, Inc)
was formed. No member of this company receives
a salary and the total work is on a voluntary basis.
Of the 40 state programs, Nebraska is the only
one where an all-volunteer force runs the program
without ever receiving any state funds.
Based on the model of the athletic decathlon, AD requires participants to prepare for ten academic events. AD does not permit students to “specialize” but rather encourages academic versatility by requiring students to prepare for all ten events. AD stresses educational opportunity and academic excellence.
Academic Decathlon is a team competition wherein
students match their intellects with students from
other schools. Students are tested in ten
*Art *Economics *Essay *Music
*Language & Literature *Mathematics
*Science *Interview *Social Science
*Speech (both prepared and impromptu)
Social Science, and Super Quiz
Students are given 30 minutes to complete each of the multiple choice exams.
(Honor, Scholastic, Varsity) answer ten
questions. The rounds start with the Varsity
An Introduction to Evolutionary Biology
The resource guide will include readings on such
topics as the historical development of evolutionary
theory, Darwin’s voyages and work in Latin America,
natural selection, speciation, mutation, gene flow,
genetic drift, and evolutionary development biology.
The language and literature curriculum will include critical reading, one novel and six shorter works. The featured novel will be
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya.
The art curriculum topic will be An Introduction to the
Art of Mexico, and the curriculum will include the
study of eighteen selected artworks. The selected
artworks are located in many locations: Brooklyn
Museum, Denver Art Museum, Fine Arts Museums of
San Francisco, Library of Congress, Philadelphia
Museum of Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern
The music curriculum will focus on the music of the
Latin America. The Music Resource Guide will cover
such topics as the basic elements of Music Theory,
Latin American Music in historical context, the Music
of Mexico, the Music of South America and the Music
of the Caribbean. The curriculum will include a
companion CD, featuring fourteen listening
The social science curriculum will focus on the
history of Mexico. The Social Science Resource
Guide will include such topics as Mexico prior to
independence, independence to the Revolution
of 1910 and the Mexican Revolution to the
The economics curriculum will focus on fundamentals
of economics, including general topics in macro-
economics, microeconomics, international trade and
global economic development. The economic
curriculum will also include a thematic section
focused on the economy of Mexico.
The math curriculum will cover topics in the fields of general math, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and differential calculus.
various locations across the state.
At this level, schools of similar size compete against each
other. There are four size categories in Nebraska(Large,
Medium, Small, and Very Small). A Regular Team
composed of six members (two students from each
competitive level) and an Alternative Team of up to six
members (two students from each competitive level) can
participate. Regular Team members participate in all
seven events and the Alternate Team members participate
in six events. At this level, the Essay, Interview, and
Speech events are not held.
Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded for individual event winners in each division (Honor, Scholastic, and Varsity). All Regular Team members of
the first, second, and third placed teams
at the Regional and the two divisions at
the State Final earn a scholarship.
The Regular Team consists of six full-time students from 9th – 12th grades of the same high school. Each team is made up of two students from each competitive level. Each school is encouraged to have an Alternate Team of six
students. The GPA standards are:
Director of the Nebraska Academic Decathlon Program – call 402-498-0798 or email at: email@example.com