State Adopts New History Requirement
Special Report - December 3, 2010
The State Board of Education has approved final revisions to North Carolina’s social studies curriculum that includes requiring students to pass two U.S. history courses in high school to graduate. At their meeting yesterday, the Board gave final approval to new standards for social studies instruction statewide that will take effect in 2012-13 (only freshman that year will be bound by the new standards). The new standards require that middle school students study U.S. history in grades five and eight, North Carolina history in grades four and eight, and world history in grades six and seven. In high school, students will be required to take one course focusing on the exploration of the New World through Reconstruction and a second course emphasizing the more contemporary American history beginning in the late 19th century.
The revisions are part of a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s public school curriculum, testing, and school accountability programs known as the Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort (ACRE) begun in 2008. The standards can be found in their entirety online.
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