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The Revision of the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework

Drafts of the 2018 Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework

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May 15, 2018 Draft
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May 15, 2018 Supporting Documents
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January 11, 2018 Public Comment Draft

Next Steps

Tuesday June 26, 2018
Presentation to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Department staff will present the 2018 framework, revised based on recommendations from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and those proposed during the Public Comment Period. The Board will vote on whether to adopt the revised framework

  • Location: DESE, 75 Pleasant St. Malden, MA 02148

  • Time: 8:30 am – 1 pm

Please see the additional information on Board meetings, speaking before the Board, and a link to the full agenda for each meeting.

Public Comment Period: January 23 – April 2, 2018, now concluded

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History and Social Science Proposed Revised Framework for Public Comment, January 2018
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HSS Proposed Revised Framework Highlights of Public Comment Draft, January 2018

The Department conducted a Public Comment Period from January 23–April 2, 2018.

In order to gain public input to inform revisions the Public Comment Draft, the Department established a public survey. Working in partnership with the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies, the Department also hosted web conferences, conference calls and presentations by region across the state. These sessions welcomed participation by PK-12 and higher education faculty, administrators, the general public, students, and parents/guardians.

Sessions included:

  • Web-conferences — January 25, March 13, 2018
  • Conference calls — February 6, February 14, 2018
  • Presentations by region — March 5 (Northampton); March 9 (Bridgewater); March 29 (Malden)

Background:

The Department worked in close consultation with a panel of PK-12 educators, and representatives from higher education and organizations as well as a group of content advisors to revise the 2003 Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework Download PDF Document  Download Word Document. The public had an initial opportunity to provide recommendations for the revision through a public survey administered early in the process. The public comment period, open January 23 – April 2, 2018, provided another opportunity for public input through a public survey and the outreach events described above. The Department presented a new draft of the framework, informed by recommendations from public comment, for consideration by the Board at the Board meeting of May 22, 2018. Drawing on recommendations from the Board during the period from May to June, the Department will present a slightly revised version of the framework to the Board followed by a vote by the Board on whether to adopt the framework at the Board meeting of June 26, 2018.

Rationale for review of the history and social science standards:

  • Massachusetts reviews all curriculum frameworks on a periodic basis to ensure that they align with current research and developments in curriculum, instruction and assessment in the respective disciplines
  • Massachusetts has a unique opportunity to revise the learning standards as the state moves to an updated assessment system

Panel charge:

  • To make recommendations for the revision of the 2003 Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework

History Social Science Review Panel Members:

  • There are currently 43 educators serving on the History and Social Science Curriculum Framework Review Panel. The panelists, selected from more than 160 applicants, bring significant knowledge, teaching experience, and expertise in the history and the other disciplines of the social sciences; background in aspects of education such as curriculum and assessment development; and expertise in teaching all ages and populations of students, including those with disabilities and English learners. They are broadly representative of the geographic regions of the state (e.g., western MA), types of district (e.g., urban), types of school (e.g., vocational-technical), professional roles (e.g., classroom teacher), and professional organizations (e.g., MA Council for the Social Studies).

  • Current list of Panel Members

Content Advisors

  • A group of scholars and others with expertise in history and the social sciences have reviewed the framework to ensure that the content is accurate and reflects the latest scholarship.

  • List of Content Advisors

Contact:

Please direct inquiries about the History & Social Science (HSS) Review Panel to historycivics@doe.mass.edu.

Overview of the Review Process/Current Timeline:

ActionTimeline
Phase 1
Select Panel Members for the History and Social Science Review PanelJuly/August 2016
Public survey administered from November 1, 2016 to February 6, 2017 to gain input from stakeholdersNovember 1, 2016 – February 6, 2017
Phase 2
First meeting of the History and Social Science Review Panel — to review the charge, consider preliminary recommendations, and conduct an analysis of the 2003 framework's overall structure and organizationJanuary 19, 2017
Second meeting of the History and Social Science Review Panel — to review public survey results, analyze possible models for the revision of the history and social science curriculum framework-, and establish main panel recommendations for the revisionsMarch 9, 2017
Third meeting of the History and Social Science Review Panel — to review supporting features of the framework; establish the scope and sequence and topics of study at each grade level; begin revisions of content standardsJune 14, 2017
Fourth meeting of the History and Social Science Review Panel — to review supporting features of the framework; continue revision of content standardsJuly 19, 2017
Fifth meeting of the History and Social Science Review Panel — to review draft revisions of the content standardsSeptember 28, 2017
Sixth meeting of the History and Social Science Review Panel — to review supporting features of the framework and revised content standardsNovember 8, 2017
Phase 3
Draft revised standards presented to the BoardNovember 28, 2017
Board vote to open revised standards for public comment
January 23 – April 2, 2018
January 23, 2018
Draft revised standards presented to the BoardMay 22, 2018
Final draft of revised standards presented to Board for vote on whether to formally adopt themJune 26, 2018
Phase 4
Dissemination of standards; district curriculum adjustment and implementationJuly 2018 – June 2020
Phase 5
Development of state assessment/first administrationTo be determined
Phase 6
Incorporate HSS assessment as part of Competency Determination (CD)To be determined

Civic Learning and Engagement:

The Department currently has the following initiatives underway to support improved student civic engagement and learning:


Related Resources:

Commissioner's Memos to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Updated Response to Recommendations from Working Group on Civic Learning and Engagement — October 9, 2015
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Approved Massachusetts Definition of College and Career Readiness and Civic Preparation — February 23, 2016
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Civic Learning and Engagement: Progress Report including Proposed Timetable for Review and Revision of History/Social Science Curriculum Framework and Related Student Assessment — January 15, 2016
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Update on Civic Learning and Engagement — June 27, 2016
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History and Social Science Curriculum Framework Review Panel — September 16, 2016
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Civic Learning and Engagement — Progress Report — April 7, 2017
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Update on Review of the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework — June 16, 2017
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Update on Review of the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework — September 15, 2017
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Review of the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework — November 17, 2017

Reports:

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Working Group on Civic Learning and Engagement: 2015 Report
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Civic Learning and Engagement: Department Action Plan
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Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools report, Guardian of Democracy: the Civic Mission of Schools
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Civic Learning and Engagement Strategic Plan
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Civic Learning and Engagement Powerpoint


Last Updated: June 12, 2018
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