Proposed Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards

Over three years ago, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) joined 27 other states to create the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies.  For the past 16 months, the social studies community has updated and reviewed the Michigan Social Studies Standards through the lens of the C3 Framework.  Update committees for grades K-8 and 9-12 consisting of representatives from the Michigan Council for Civil Education, Michigan Council for Economic Education, Michigan Geographic Alliance, the Michigan Council for History Education, and the Michigan Council for the Social Studies, reviewed and edited Michigan’s content expectations.  Review committees consisting of parallel membership, provided a second review to ensure consistency and accuracy.  These efforts have been shared with the State Board of Education, along with implementation considerations, in a series of presentations earlier this year.  A final review committee and an external review committee further refined the documents.  

Public Information Webinar on Proposed Michigan Social Studies Standards for K-12 (recorded September 16, 2015)

Proposed K-12 Social Studies Standards

Frequently Asked Questions on Proposed Michigan K-12 Science Standards

The C3 Framework

Michigan Social Studies C3 Update: A Plan for Adoption and Implementation


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