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
- Learning Progression Table, an overview of the social studies strands and substands
- Mapping the Journey handout, an overview of one piece of standards implementation
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.
This series of videos supports implementation of the social studies standards.