The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) defines social studies as "the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence." For students to become fully empowered participants in democracy, attention must be paid to this "civic competence." The social studies, including history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, are central to the mission of public schools.
Social Studies Updates
Check out the most recent updates regarding Social Studies in Utah!
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Secondary Core Standards Revision Process
We are currently engaged in the process of secondary core standards revision. Committees have been formed to begin the work, and a new oversight committee called a standards review committee will soon be forming to review and recommend revisions to the existing core standards as well.
As we move through this process, we will make the core standards revision process as transparent and open as possible. These standards, written by Utah educators and stakeholders and for Utah students, will provide a great opportunity for us to come to consensus about the attributes necessary for the best quality social studies education for Utah students.
Utah Secondary Core Social Studies Standards Revision (Survey Monkey)
You can leave comments or questions about the core standards revision process. Your input is welcome. When drafts of the standards are available, they will be posted as well for comment.
Granting Core and Elective Credit
Since the graduation requirement for the graduating class of 2019 will require 3.0 units of social studies credit, there may be questions about what can count to meet that requirement. The LEA (local education agency) determines where the additional .5 requirement can and should be allocated. The LEA has discretion, and can make an existing half-year course a full-year course, or can require an additional course from the elective courses the LEA offers. Here is a document that may provide further guidance regarding when a course should be considered worthy of credit.
Basic Civics Test Graduation Requirement New for 2016
Any student who will graduate from a public school or adult education program on or after January 1, 2016 will be required to pass a basic civics test as a condition for graduation. The USOE and UEN have created a web resource as schools implement this requirement.