New York state implemented the new “Common Core” learning standards for math and English this year. And this spring’s state-administered standardized tests will reflect the Core’s direction and emphasis (deeper thinking, more interpreting texts, drawing connections between subjects, presenting arguments in writing, etc.).
But other subjects will be getting the Core treatment.
Like social studies. In September, the state released a framework for Common Core standards for grades K to 8. Now the state has released a framework for social studies standards for high school.
According to the Education Department:
The 9-12 Framework for Social Studies allows for:
- Students to develop an understanding of concepts and key ideas driven by case studies, analysis of primary and secondary source documents, and an examination of patterns of events in history.
- Students to be assessed on their understanding of key ideas, as well as conceptual understandings.
- Students to be instructed across the 9-12 spectrum using a cohesive set of themes, key ideas, and concepts.
- Districts and teachers to have increased decision-making power about how to teach and illustrate conceptual understandings and key ideas to promote student understanding. There will be multiple pathways to lead students to conceptual understandings.