Social Studies

Social Studies

Published: 10/13/2021 5:11 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. 


Veterans Day is November 11
Per KRS 158.075, all schools shall observe Veterans Day. This law states the following: On Veterans Day, or one (1) of the five (5) school days preceding Veterans Day, one (1) class or instructional period shall be devoted to the observance of Veterans Day. 

To develop a Veterans Day program, Kentucky public schools are encouraged to seek advice from the Kentucky Department of Veterans' Affairs and veterans' service organizations, including but not limited to the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. For more information, please visit the Veterans Day Programs resourc​e. ​​

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

For more information on the social studies standards, visit the Social Studies Standards webpage and view the Social Studies Standards Resources.

2020-2021 Assessment Information

For information on 2020-2021 testing, visit the Office of Assessment and Accountability’s Assessment webpage. Assessment inquires may be directed to

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