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California History-Social Science Framework

2016 California History-Social Science Framework for California Public Schools​

On July 14, 2016, the California State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt a new History-Social Science Framework. Although this action does not change the current California History-Social Science Content Standards, it will have several implications for curriculum and instruction.

The framework provided to the California State Board of Education is available for review here. It is anticipated that the final, edited version of the framework will be available by the end of 2016.

Framework Highlights

Framework Purpose:

  • Provide guidance and support for teachers and curriculum leaders
  • Support decision making around instructional practices
  • Inform the development of instructional materials

Key Features

  • Diversity is an asset
  • Focus on content, inquiry, disciplinary literacy, and civic learning
  • References to the ELD/ELA standards
  • References to the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework
  • Links between social studies and other subject areas
  • More than twenty classroom vignettes

Content Changes

  • Addition of medieval India to 7th grade
  • Changes based on legislative action: 
    • FAIR Education Act (SB 48)
    • 21st century skills (AB 1246)
    • Financial literacy (AB 166)
    • Filipino-American contributions to the farm labor movement (AB 123)
    • Constitution and other primary source documents (AB 424)
    • Bracero program (SB 993)
    • Armenian Genocide (AB1915/SB 1380)
    • Filipino-American Contributions during World War II (AB 199)
    • Presidency of Barack Obama (AB 1912)
    • Voter education (SB 897)

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