2011 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies

Social studies standards, including history, geography, economics, and government and citizenship are required for statewide accountability (Minn. Stat. § 120B.02, Subd. 1).

Academic Standards

The 2011 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies set the statewide expectations for K-12 student achievement in the disciplines of citizenship and government, economics, geography and history — United States and World. Minnesota State Statute requires all students to satisfactorily complete all social studies standards and corresponding benchmarks in order to graduate (see Minn. Stat. § 120B.024, Subd. 1(5)). The 2011 Social Studies Standards will be reviewed in 2020-21 and every ten years thereafter (Minn Stat. § 120B.021).

The 2011 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies represent the minimum requirements; schools may offer courses in additional disciplines including psychology, sociology, and anthropology.

In addition to the state social studies standards, there are standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies included in the 2010 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in English Language Arts.

Anchor Standards and Benchmarks

Minnesota frames student learning for social studies according to K-12 anchor standards and corresponding benchmarks.

  • Anchor standard: broad descriptions of skills and understandings anchored in college and career readiness
  • Benchmark: “specific knowledge or skill that a student must master to complete part of an academic standard by the end of the grade level or grade band” (Minn Stat. § 120B.018, Subd. 3)

Sources: 2011 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Resources for Implementation

Video Resources

What are the components of the 2011 K-12 Minnesota Academic Standards in Social Studies?

Watch this 4.5 minute Powtoon video for an overview of anchor standards and benchmarks.

View this 30-minute webinar for more in-depth information about the social studies standards and resources to support their implementation.

Doing Social Studies Video Series

This series of videos supports implementation of the social studies standards.