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Geography Standards


The U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS) activities are based on relevant education standards and guidelines that outline the foundational knowledge and skills students should have at certain levels. The SIS activities — which are designed to supplement or guide, not replace, existing curricula — help develop these skills and knowledge.

Not all educators use the same standards. For this reason, many of the activities address multiple standards and guidelines.


Subject Standards and Guildelines
Geography for Life: National Geography Standards
  • Geography for Life was initially published in 1994 by the Geography Education National Implementation Project; the second edition was released in 2012.
  • These standards represent the geography education community’s consensus on what students should know and be able to do in geography when they graduate from high school.
  • They aim to help students gain a geographic perspective to better understand events around the world, why those events happen in certain places, and how to make decisions based on reason.


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