Social Studies Standards Survey
Thank you for your interest in Nebraska’s Social Studies Draft Standards. On this web site you will find:
- the K-12 draft social studies standards,
- an introduction video showing how the standards are organized and the rationale,
- a PowerPoint corresponding to the video that includes key questions for survey, participants to consider as they review the document,
- and a link to the electronic survey for public comment.
We suggest that you do listen to the video to fully understand the drafts, but please be advised that it does download slowly. It is also a good idea to print off one of the versions of the draft standards as you view the video and complete the survey.
We currently have two versions or views of the same standards.
- A horizontal version with the grade levels K-12 listed side by side
- A vertical view with all of the standards for each grade level listed one grade after the other
Nebraska’s standards organized with three “levels of specificity”:
- K-12 Comprehensive Standards – these are broad, general statements that cover key areas in civics, economics, geography, and history. (These are in shaded boxes at the top of the page)
- Grade Level Standards – these statements are organized by Key Concepts and identify what students should know and be able to do by the end of a specified grade – Nebraska standards are grade specific for grades K,1,2,3,4,5, by grade spans for 6-8 and a 9-12; they are not course specific. (These are bolded in both version and also in shaded boxes in the horizontal version)
- Curricular Indicators – These statements provide more specific information to distinguish expectations between grade levels – they are examples and not meant to be all exhaustive lists.
PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with the State Board Subcommittee on Standards, some of the geography standards and indicators are currently highlighted in yellow have been approved for release for public comment but are undergoing continuing revision or possible removal. No standards are final until adopted by the State Board of Education.
Nebraska has historically been a local control state with no mandated curriculum or textbooks. Therefore the curricular indicator level may seem a bit less specific than some other state standards, but they are similar in specificity to what we have had in our other academic areas.
Nebraska's draft standards are written using verbiage that describes the knowledge and skills students are expected to master at the various grade levels.
The numbering system is as follows:
To Complete the Survey Follow these Steps:
If you are having problems accessing the above links, please copy and paste the following URLs into your browser:
Social Studies Standards Draft-Horizotal - http://www.education.ne.gov/StandardsSurvey/Documents/NE_SocialStudiesStandardsDraft10-29-12.pdf
Social Studies Standards Draft-Vertical - http://www.education.ne.gov/StandardsSurvey/Documents/NE_SocialStudiesStandardsDraftVertical10-29-2012.pdf
PowerPoint - www.education.ne.gov/StandardsSurvey/StandardsSurvey/Documents/SocStudiesStandardsPublicSurvey.ppt Survey - http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HBLLLTD
Introductory Video - http://www.education.ne.gov/Movies/Standards/Social_Studies_Standards.mp4