The department of education in each state is intended to play a vital role in providing guidance in social studies, as there are no national social studies content standards. The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework outlines only skills standards and specifically charges states with designing their own content standards. In many states, these content standards are heavily influenced by annual National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) testing, but New Hampshire no longer participates in NEAP testing in social studies and currently offers no statewide assessment of social studies at any grade level. The state social studies standards provide the only state-level guidance for school districts as to what should be taught in this core subject.
New Hampshire Social Studies Frameworks
These state social studies standards have a long and tumultuous history. By law, the state is required to adopt these standards every 10 years, but the last revision of the standards was completed in 2006. A current revision is underway in 2019, but until the NH Board of Education adopts this revision, the old frameworks are still the official document, however imperfect they may be. When the NH Board of Education officially adopts revised social studies frameworks, the “Moose on the Loose” team will make any necessary adjustments to keep the curriculum aligned with them.