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2017 H-SS Adoption Standards Maps

Instructions for Completing the California Standards Maps.

Standards maps are completed by the publisher/manufacturer of an instructional materials program to demonstrate the alignment of their materials to the History–Social Science Content Standards for Public Schools. To be adopted, materials must support instruction designed to ensure that students master all the History–Social Science Content Standards, including the Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills, for the intended grade level.

Completed standards maps must be submitted by publishers in digital and hard copy format to the California Department of Education (CDE), the Learning Resources Display Centers, and to the reviewers specified by the CDE. The standards maps must accompany the samples of instructional materials submitted for review. The CDE will also provide publishers with the mailing addresses of members of the Instructional Quality Commission and State Board of Education who wish to receive materials samples and standards maps. Complete instructions for submission will be included in the Publishers Invitation to Submit document and on the CDE Web page for the 2017 History–Social Science Adoption. The deadline for receipt of program samples and standards maps is May 12, 2017.

We ask that publishers follow the directions below carefully in order to ensure a complete and accurate review of their submitted instructional materials. Please be very thorough and careful in completing the standards maps. The mapping of the standards requires comprehensive knowledge and accurate notations of the standards as they are presented in each publisher’s instructional program.

If you have any questions related to the standards maps, please contact us by email at

Instructions for Completing Standards Maps
  1. Fill in the header for each grade level map with the publisher's name, the program's title, and list of components. The components list should include abbreviations used in the map, such as “SE” for student edition.

  2. The first two columns have been completed with the standard number and the full text of the grade level History–Social Science Content Standard. Note that the Historical and Social Science Analysis Skills from the appropriate grade span are included at the end of each grade level map. Pursuant to the evaluation criteria, statement 1.1, those standards must be met at each grade level.

  3. The third column, “Publisher Citations,” is reserved for publishers to use to identify citations that demonstrate where that standard is covered in their program. In this space, please provide information to help viewers determine the extent to which each of the standards is covered in the program. Accurate and succinct responses are appreciated.

    All standards in each grade level must be addressed.

    Citations may be in the form of a page reference or another statement of the specific place in the program that the evidence for meeting the standard is located. Digital links that connect directly to content in the program are acceptable. Citations should be considered exemplars rather than an exhaustive list, but sufficient evidence should be provided to clearly demonstrate full coverage of all parts of the standard.

  4. Leave the final gray-shaded columns blank as they are provided for reviewer notes. Publishers should not enter any information in these columns.

  5. Publishers may use the “appendix” section at the end of each grade level standards map to provide additional explanation of their citations or comments regarding specific entries, if necessary.

Note that the Criteria for Evaluating Instructional Materials in History–Social Science, Kindergarten Through Grade Eight (criterion 1.12) requires that programs for grades six and eight incorporate material from several of the seventh grade standards. Separate maps have not been provided for this overlapping content, but publishers should provide evidence of the coverage of these standards in their evaluation criteria map.

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