In 2017-2018, Ohio embarked on an updating process resulting in revised standards that the State Board of Education adopted in January 2019. The 2020-2021 Ohio's State Tests will assess the content of the revised standards.
To access the standard for social studies, please click the link below:
The model curriculum for social studies includes four strands for students in kindergarten through eighth grade:
Students at the high school level will have the same four strands; however, they will be included within the various course offerings for students:
World Studies (1600-1945)
Honors World Studies
American Studies (1877-present)
Honors American Studies
AP American History
AP American Government
How to Read Ohio's Social Studies Standards, K-12
Kindergarten - Grade 8
The standards for Ohio’s Learning Standards for Social Studies for grades K-8 are organized by Strands, Themes, Topics and Content Statements.
STRANDS The four disciplines within the social studies: History, Geography, Government and Economics.
THEMES A theme is the focus for a particular grade level or the descriptive narrative of a high school course syllabus. Example from Grade 2: People Working Together
TOPICS The different aspects of content within a strand. Geography example: Human Systems
CONTENT STATEMENTS The essential knowledge students should learn at each grade level or within each course. Example from Grade 8: 20. The U.S. Constitution established a federal republic, providing a framework for a national government with elected representatives, separation of powers, and checks and balances.
Each course contains a theme and broad topics which are further clarified with content statements. Grade levels are not specified for any of the courses.