Social Studies

Social Studies

Published: 9/4/2019 8:50 AM

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. 

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day - September 17
Tuesday, September 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day! This day commemorates the September 17, 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution. Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year is required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for its students. 

The Kentucky Department of Education does not mandate or prescribe particular curricula or lesson plans. The information below contains links to learning resources created and maintained by other public and private organizations. This information is provided for your convenience and as examples of resources on Constitution Day that you might find helpful.

The U.S. Department of Education has assembled a variety of resources that can be used to plan your Constitution Day activity.

To assist students and educators in their studies, the National Archives and Records Administration offers a variety of resources on Constitution Day such as:

Free online resources for Constitution Day are available from The Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Senate. ​

Standards Revision Process 
Senate Bill 1 (2017) calls for the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to implement a process for reviewing all academic standards and aligned assessments beginning in the 2017-18 school year. This process began for social studies in January 2018. New Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) for Social Studies have been adopted and schools are required to use the KAS for Social Studies as the basis of their curricula and instruction as implementation of these standards will occur in the 2019-2020 school year.

Questions on this process can be directed to

For more information on the social studies standards revision process, view the Social Studies Standards Revision Process Critical Fact Sheet, or visit the Social Studies Standards webpage.

2019-20 Assessment Information

For information on 2019-20 testing, visit the Office of Standards, Assessment and Accountability’s Assessment webpage. Assessment inquires may be directed to

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Please email the social studies team with any questions.

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