Students growing up in the 21st Century face new and exciting challenges unfamiliar to previous generations. These students will need to be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives with an understanding of how cultural differences impact the interpretation of events at the local, state, national, and international levels. The purpose of the Nevada Social Studies Standards is to articulate a foundation of skills and content knowledge necessary for Nevada’s students to be successful in our increasingly diverse society.
The Revised Nevada State Social Studies Standards Document:
- now includes 5 content areas (history, multicultural, civics, geography and economics) based upon the passing of AB 234 in 2015, the creation and addition of Multicultural standards that are incorporated through all grades.
- utilizes a color-coding system to allow for easier reading format for education professionals.
- has been grade banded for grades 6-8 and 9-12 to allow districts the flexibility to align the content themes and standards to their courses of study and or curriculum.
- consists of the K-5 draft standards are grade specific whereas the 6-8 and 9-12 standards are organized by content area. Each grade level includes a set of disciplinary skills and content themes. You will see the same content themes throughout the document, but the standard following the content theme will be more complex and more content specific as students move throughout their K-12 experience. The disciplinary skills provide the manner in which to study the content through a rich inquiry of primary and secondary texts and media. Each standard is coded for identification of its grade level and number within the larger set of standards.
- are minimum student expectations, and are not meant to be considered comprehensive curriculum. The state standards document is intended to provide guidance to school districts in the development of an appropriate, comprehensive social studies curriculum.