Standards, Assessments, and Graduation Requirements
- Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies 2011
- Social studies students in grades 6-12 must also complete the Literacy in History/Social Studies Standards included in the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in English Language Arts (2010) (pages 80-90).
- Frequently Asked Questions: 2011 Social Studies Standards
- Academic Standards: Social Studies K-12 (2011) - Spreadsheet
Students are also required to satisfactorily complete three and one-half (3.5) credits of social studies, encompassing at least U.S. history, geography, government and citizenship, world history, and economics sufficient to satisfy all of the academic standards in social studies.
- A one-half credit of economics taught in a school’s agriculture education or business department may fulfill a one-half credit in social studies if the credit is sufficient to satisfy all of the academic standards in economics (Minn. Stat. § 120B.024, Subd. 2(a)).
K-3 - Foundations of Social Studies (all disciplines) balanced among the four social studies disciplines, with no single discipline emphasized over another.
- Grade 4 - Geography of North America
- Grade 5 - History of North America (up to 1800)
- Grade 6 - Minnesota Studies – state history and government and Minnesota’s role within the larger context of the country.
- Grade 7 - United States Studies (history and government 1800–present)
- Grade 8 - Global Studies (interdisciplinary; world geography and contemporary world history)
At any grade level, the benchmarks from multiple disciplines can be combined to facilitate integrated, or interdisciplinary, learning experiences.
The standards represent the minimum requirements; schools may offer courses in additional disciplines including psychology, sociology, archeology, and anthropology.
Assessments: Minnesota does not have a test in social studies. According to state statute, the Commissioner is forbidden to develop statewide assessments for academic standards in social studies, health and physical education, and the arts (Minn. Stat. § 120B.30, subd. 1a).
Content Specialist Contact Information
Resources for Instruction and Learning
- Learning Law and Democracy Foundation (LLAD)
- Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE)
- Minnesota Council for History Education (MNCHE)
- Minnesota Council for the Social Studies (MCSS)
- Minnesota Council on Economic Education (MCEE)
- Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS)
- Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC)
Standards and Related Information
2020-21 Minnesota Social Studies Standards Committee - 1/22/21
First Draft of the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies - 11/30/20
Academic Standards: Social Studies K-12 (2011) - Spreadsheet - 10/9/20
This spreadsheet allows for sorting of the standards and for adding columns for instructional resources and assessments.
2020-21 Social Studies Standards Committee’s Guiding Assumptions - 3/2/20
Frequently Asked Questions: 2011 Social Studies Standards - 8/15/18
Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies 2011 - 12/24/14
Adopted May 6, 2013. These standards were to be implemented by schools by the 2013-14 school year.