ERIC Number: ED421511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
State History Standards: An Appraisal of History Standards in 37 States and the District of Columbia.
Saxe, David Warren
Fordham Report, v2 n1 Feb 1998
The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation has commissioned studies of state academic standards in five core subjects. This is the second of these studies, focusing on standards for history. After the controversy surrounding the proposed "national history standards" in 1994, history has become a subject with no generally accepted national standards. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia responded to the Foundation's request for documents outlining state history standards. Thirteen states had no standards at all for the teaching of history. Fifteen criteria were defined for the evaluation of the history standards, grouping them into the areas of: clarity, organization, historical soundness, historical content, and absence of manipulation. Only the standards in Virginia met all the criteria. Virginia's standards are clear, measurable, descriptive, demanding, and quite specific. Closely following Virginia are California, Texas, and Massachusetts, but then the quality of standards drops sharply. Barely a third of the jurisdictions reviewed received a grade of "C" or better. Most of the states have a long way to go in setting standards for the teaching of history. An appendix provides notes on each of the states, in alphabetical order. (Contains eight tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Core Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, History, History Instruction, Knowledge Level, State Programs, State Standards, Tables (Data)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Washington, DC.
Note: For other state standards reports, see TM 028 835-838 and CS 216 412.