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History 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
UCLA National Standards for History: U.S. History Content Standards and Historical Thinking Standards
  • Developed from 1992 to 1996, the National Standards for History were created by the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA under the guidance of the National Council for History Standards.
  • These standards were created by classroom teachers, supervisors, state social studies specialists, chief state school officers, historians, and representatives of professional and scholarly organizations.
  • The Historical Thinking Standards aim to build skills in the five interconnected dimensions of historical thinking: chronological thinking, historical comprehension, historical analysis and interpretation,historical research capabilities, and historical issues.
Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
  • These standards, published in 2010, were created by a group of educators and experts in various subjects.
  • In 2009, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State Schools Officers began developing the Common Core State Standards — sets ofexpected knowledge and skills that represent what K-12 students should know and be able to do in math and English language arts and literacy. The literacy standards can be integrated into any history and social studies curriculum.
  • The Common Core State Standards are used by teachers across the nation. Forty-two states and the District of Columbia have adopted at least some of these standards.


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