In 2017-2018, Ohio embarked on an updating process resulting in revised standards that the State Board of Education adopted in January 2019. 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
CCP - Introduction to Sociology
CCP - Cultural Diversity
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.