Revised Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies Adopted for 2019-2020 School Year
After undergoing a rigorous revision process that began in January 2018, revised standards for social studies became law on July 5.
The newly adopted standards will be implemented in Kentucky classrooms beginning in the 2019-2020 school year and may be accessed at kystandards.org
. A “Getting to Know Your KAS for Social Studies” module also is available at kystandards.org
to support educators in the implementation of the new social studies standards.
The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) adopted the revised social studies standards in February, and they received legislative review in May.
The process of revising the standards, last adopted in 2006, was part of the ongoing review of content area standards and aligned assessments mandated by the Kentucky General Assembly in Senate Bill 1 (2017).
Kentucky educators were involved in every step of the development of the standards. Educators, along with business and industry professionals, comprised advisory panels and a review and development committee. There were revisions by educators and community members informed by public feedback, along with review by the KBE, before the standards underwent final legislative review and became law.
The standards written by teams of Kentucky teachers outline the minimum knowledge and skills Kentucky students should learn at each grade level.
Revised Kentucky Academic Standards Adopted for 2019-2020 School Year
After undergoing a rigorous revision process that began in 2017, revised standards for health education, physical education, reading and writing, and mathematics have been adopted into law.
The process included revisions by Kentucky educators and community members, public input and review by the Kentucky Board of Education before undergoing final legislative review and adoption. New computer science standards also were developed and adopted into law.
The newly adopted standards will be implemented in Kentucky classrooms beginning in the 2019-2020 school year and can be accessed on the
Content Area Standards webpage.
Senate Bill 1 (2017) called for the Kentucky Department of Education to implement a process for reviewing all academic standards and aligned assessments beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. The current schedule calls for one or two content areas to be reviewed each year and every six years thereafter on a rotating basis. The rotation schedule began in summer 2017 by soliciting feedback on English/language arts, mathematics and health/physical education standards. For more information regarding the standards revision process, please visit the
Kentucky Academic Standards Revision Process webpage.
Please email the Standards team if you have any questions.