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History-Social Science Instruction

Content standards and framework guidance to assist students master historical facts, historical themes, and the connections between the past and present.
The California Department of Education (CDE) provides leadership, technical assistance, and support for state and local educational agencies (LEA), professional organizations, and collaborating partners to implement high-quality history and social science education programs, kindergarten through grade twelve.

Content Standards

The History-Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools (PDF) describes what every kindergarten through grade twelve student should know and be able to do in history and social science.


The History-Social Science Framework (PDF; 2MB) is a guide to the development of curriculum and instruction for teachers to ensure that all students meet or exceed the content standards in history-social science. The frameworks provide guidance for a school or school district in developing history-social science courses. Additionally, the framework provides information on the processes and criteria for evaluating instructional materials for kindergarten through grade eight.

Instructional Materials

Information and resources for history-social science instructional materials can be found at CDE’s Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Materials Web site.

Legislation and Policies

There are a number of statutory provisions, policies, and guidelines regarding the teaching of history-social science. Districts need to be aware of these to continue and build strong history-social science education programs.

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