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The Kentucky Council for the Social Studies strives to keep our members informed. Scroll down to find information related to social studies in the news, the Southern Social Studies Journal, and social studies listservs.
SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE NEWS
ESSA and Kentucky's Accountability System -- Now is the time to take action! How familiar are you with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)? Since its adoption in December 2015, it has had a significant impact on changing the educational landscape in Kentucky. Serving as the basis for the passage of SB 1 (2017), social studies can expect changes in accountability, standards, and assessments.
The Kentucky Department of Education plans to propose its state plan to the United States Department of Education in September 2017. Social studies educators from across the Commonwealth need to be heard! After reviewing the documents above, please take action -- please provide FEEDBACK on the accountability system AND how KDE can strengthen social studies education for the betterment of all Kentucky students.
New Kentucky Graduation Requirement: Civics Test In 2017, the Kentucky General Assembly passed Senate Bill 159 (2017). The law reads that beginning in July 2018, a student must pass a civics test composed of 100 questions in order to graduate from a public high school with a regular diploma. Each local board of education will be expected to prepare or approve an exam that must be composed of questions from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services test. Students are required to score 60% or higher and may retake the exam as many times as deemed necessary to pass the test.
Critical highlights include: · Local boards of education and charter school governing bodies may decide how the test is administered and implemented. · Students must correctly answer at least 60 of the 100 questions on the civics test. · Students may retake the test as many times as necessary to pass. · Local boards of education will determine how the passing grade will be documented. · A student who has passed a similar test within the previous five years is not required to take the test. · Schools must administer this test in accordance with the requirements and accommodations of a student's individualized education program as defined in KRS 158.281 or a Section 504 Plan as defined in KRS 156.027.
What You Need to Know about the Bible Literacy Elective In 2017, the Kentucky General Assembly passed House Bill 128 (2017). This law reads that the Kentucky Board of Education will create standards for a social studies course that will include:
An elective social studies course on the Hebrew Scriptures, Old Testament of the Bible; An elective social studies course on the New Testament of the Bible; or An elective social studies course on the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament of the Bible.
Click here to access the full text of the revised statute.
The purpose of this course is to teach students knowledge of biblical content, characters, poetry and narratives that are prerequisites to understanding contemporary society and culture, including literature, art, music, mores, oratory and public policy.
A course offered under this section will be expected to follow applicable law and all federal and state guidelines in maintaining religious neutrality and accommodating the diverse religious views, traditions and perspectives of students in the school. A course under this section shall not endorse, favor, or promote, or disfavor or show hostility toward, any particular religion or nonreligious faith or religious perspective.
A school-based decision making council under administrative regulations of the Kentucky Board of Education may offer this course to students in grade nine or above.
Standards will be developed during the 2017-18 school year. For more information on the standards development process, visit the standards page on the KDE social studies webpage.
KDE Seeking Input on Math and ELA Standards The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking public feedback is being sought on Math and ELA Standards as part of the standards review/revision process through September 15. Click here for more information.
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