Tuesday, February 01, 2005

History Standards in the Fifty States

History Standards in the Fifty States. This essay looks at attempts in the United States to devise a core or common body of history knowledge that all students should be exposed to and hopefully learn. This article primarily looks at statistics and progress which has been made in this area and includes a substantial reference list.

From the site:

During the past ten years, there has been a movement among state education departments to develop academic content standards, standards-based assessments of student achievement, and standards-related high school graduation requirements for students. This Digest discusses (1) state content standards in history for students, (2) standards-based student assessment and graduation requirements, and (3) recommendations for improving history education through content standards, assessments of student achievement in history, and graduation requirements.


The National History Standards emerged in the 1990s as part of the federal government's Goals 2000 agenda (The Center for History in the Schools 1996). Most of the states subsequently developed state content standards for their students. Each of the states (except Iowa and Rhode Island) has developed content standards pertaining to history, the social sciences, or social studies. A recent survey investigated whether or not states had created standards specific to the discipline of history and the extent to which these standards required students to engage in historical thinking (Brown and Patrick 2003, 5-6).

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