State Standards and Frameworks in Social Studies

Standards and Frameworks in All Grades and Disciplines

The elementary frameworks provide the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for young students to become empowered, informed, and socially responsible citizens. Through the study of history, geography, economics, and civics, students learn to interact with, and contribute to the world in which they live. Learning how to evaluate sources of information, craft arguments based on evidence, and take informed action helps students develop their civic identity and voice. Additionally, elementary social studies prepares students to meet the challenge of secondary social studies content and supports literacy development across subject areas.

Using the same inquiry based approach, the revised secondary social studies frameworks offer the opportunity for in-depth study of Grade 8 United States History, American Government, High School United States History, and Modern World History. The grades 6 and 7 frameworks address the same six content standards, but are scheduled for revisions beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.

The revised frameworks in grades PreK – 12 broaden the historical narrative by including marginalized groups and encourage students to learn more about all members of their communities through the inquiry process.