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History-Social Science CFCC Guidelines

These are the State Board of Education approved guidelines for the History-Social Science Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee members.

Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC) Guidelines for the History-Social Science Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve Update

The following guidelines are based on statutory requirements, information provided to the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission (Curriculum Commission) and the State Board of Education (SBE) at their January and March 2008 meetings respectively, feedback from the four focus group meetings held in May and June 2008, and public comment. They were adopted by the SBE at its meeting on November 5, 2008.

The guidelines recommended by the Curriculum Commission and approved by the SBE will direct the work of the Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC).

  1. General principles. The updated History–Social Science Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve (History–Social Science Framework) shall:

  1. Develop a new chapter on assessment, including information on entry-level/diagnostic, progress monitoring, and summative assessments, that informs teachers on how to use assessment to shape instruction.

The CFCC should use as a model Chapter 6 in the Reading/Language Arts Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve (Reading/Language Arts Framework), with adaptations for those elements that are unique to history–social science instruction. The chapter should include the following information:

  1. Develop a new chapter on universal access, which includes strategies for differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students, including English language learners, students with disabilities, and advanced students. This chapter should support teachers in providing standards-aligned instruction to all learners to close the achievement gap.

The CFCC should use as a model Chapter 7 in the Reading/Language Arts Framework, with adaptations for those elements that are unique to history–social science instruction. This chapter should include the following information:

  1. Develop a new chapter on instructional strategies and professional development, to provide guidance to both new and experienced teachers of history–social science.

  1. Update the narrative to reflect current and confirmed scholarly research in history–social science, and changes in California and the United States since the last edition of the History–Social Science Framework was published.

  1. Update the narrative to improve the inclusivity of the History–Social Science Framework, and to reflect the contributions of all groups to the history of California and United States.

Examples:
  1. Update the current appendices to reflect new scholarship and new emphases in history–social science education.
  1. Statutory Requirements

The History–Social Science Framework update must reflect changes in statute affecting the history–social science curriculum that have been enacted since the last revision of the History–Social Science Framework, in addition to continuing statutes. These statutes specifically require that certain topics be referenced in the History–Social Science Framework. These include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following topics:

The Curriculum Commission and the SBE directs the CFCC to incorporate into the evaluation criteria for kindergarten through grade eight the following topics that are referenced in code that are required to be included in instructional materials. These topics include:

The Curriculum Commission and the SBE recommends that the CFCC incorporate the following areas of study that are encouraged within code. These include:

Questions:   Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division | CFIRD@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0881
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