Social Studies

Social Studies

Published: 2/6/2023 12:26 PM

​The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) states that social studies "is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence." For students to become fully empowered participants in democracy, students must draw upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, sociology as well as content from the humanities to develop broad conceptual understandings in social studies. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions as citizens of a diverse democratic society in an interdependent world. 


KRS 158.196   Instructional materials standards and concepts -- Documents and speeches to be included.

Section 4(3)(a) of Senate Bill 1 (2022) created 158.196 to require the KDE to incorporate fundamental American documents and speeches into the grade-level appropriate middle and high school social studies academic standards by July 1, 2023. The Social Studies Advisory Panels and Review Committee were reconvened in July 2022 to address the required additions.

​Kentucky Academic Standards Implementation

Schools are required to use the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) for Social Studies as the basis of their curricula and instruction as implementation of these standards began in the 2019-2020 school year. 

Questions related to standards implementation can be directed to​.

Assessment Information

For information on ​testing, visit the Office of Assessment and Accountability’s Assessment webpage. Assessment inquires may be directed to

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