Ohio Social
Studies Signal

Ohio Social
Studies Signal

Updates from the Ohio Department of Education

9/3/2019

Revised Model Curriculum update

Ohio’s Model Curriculum for Social Studies that was approved in June by the State Board of Education has been posted. Transition Tools are available, including include crosswalks and a suggested timeline.

Release of spring 2019 Ohio’s State Tests items

A release of items from the spring 2019 Ohio’s State Tests in Social Studies now is available in the Ohio State Test portal. These released items give educators insight into the kinds of questions students experienced and are a useful tool to inform classroom instruction. Both teachers and parents may use this resource to help students know what to expect. The associated learning standard(s) and scoring rubric are included with each released item. Examples of student responses also are available to illustrate actual work and the corresponding points earned on the student examples. 

Remember requirement to observe Constitution Day  

Each year, on Sept. 17, schools nationwide take part in observing the day in 1787 that the U.S. Constitution was signed. Educational institutions receiving federal funding must plan an education program celebrating Constitution Day. Below are organizations with links to resources for Constitution Day.

The U.S. Constitution also is one of the historical documents the Ohio Revised Code 3301.079(A)(1)(b) requires schools to teach and assess in high school American history and American government courses. The law requires the instruction of these documents in their original text and historical context. It also requires the assessment of the documents in the state end-of-course tests for American history and American government. Twenty percent of the value of the American government test must be based on historical documents.