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History, Government, and Social Studies (HGSS)

Mission Statement:

The Kansas Standards for History, Government, and Social Studies prepare students to be informed, thoughtful, engaged citizens as they enrich their communities, state, nation, world, and themselves.

Civic Engagement Initiative

Beyond the Ballot ToolkitThis site describes 6 ways students can begin impacting their community for change today.
Civic Advocacy Network (CAN) Award One PagerA brief overview of the Civic Advocacy Network Award program. The one page document contains the purpose, criteria, and evaluation process for the award. A timeline of events concludes the document.
Civic Engagement Fact SheetA fact sheet describing the Kansas State Department of Education's initiative around civic engagement. It includes a definition of civic engagement and a description of what good civic engagement education would include.
Civic Engagement General ResourcesThis is a list of some of the many resources available to help supplement the civic engagement work you are already doing in your buildings and districts.
Civic Engagement PresentationThis presentation is about the need for improving civic engagement in our students and the Civic Advocacy Network Award program, and outlines the Civic Advocacy Network program and the Six Proven Practice for Civic Learning.
Civil Discourse in the ClassroomThis resource is helpful in providing explicit instruction on how to teach students to participate in successful civil discourse in the classroom and life. Lessons are not subject specific but focus on the manner in which we talk about critical issues.
Facilitating Civil Discourse in the ClassroomThis document provides some suggestions about how best to facilitate civil discourse in your classroom.
Fostering Civil DiscourseThis resources gives teachers suggestions about how they might make their classrooms a safe and productive place to have critical conversations about today's issues.
Kansans Can Civic Engagement Scaffold VisualThis PDF is intended to assist districts in beginning to build an integrated curriculum around civic engagement in their schools. The layers overlap, but this visual attempts to put first things first for civic education and engagement.
NCSS Position Paper: Revitalizing Civic Learning in Our SchoolsThis is the National Council for the Social Studies' (NCSS) position paper on improving civic learning in schools.
Six Proven Practices for Effective Civic LearningThe purpose of this guidebook is to serve as a resource—a what’s next?—for teachers, administrators, policymakers, and other education leaders who want to put these practices in place but are not sure how to begin.

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) C3 Framework for Inquiry in the Social Studies

The following is a document which provides guidance from the NCSS for enhancing the rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History.
College, Career & Civic Life C3 Framework For Social StudiesDocument providing guidance for enhancing the rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History.


The following documents represent the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for History, Government, and Social Studies which were adopted by the State Board of Education on April 16, 2013. Additionally, you will find the KSDE fact sheets associated with History, Government, and Social Studies.Click on the title of the document you wish to view.

Parent Guides for History, Government, and Social Studies

The following documents are intended to assist parents in understanding the History, Government, and Social Studies skills and knowledge their students will be developing as they progress through the school year.

Standards Training, Implementation and Assessment Resources

Building the Bridge: Connecting Social Studies and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts This site was created to assist teachers in making instructional shifts to address the new HGSS and ELA Literacy standards. These modules contain links to video's that model instruction and might be useful to teachers asking: "What does this look like in
HGSS Skills Document by Grade and DisciplineThis document identifies skills supporting college, career, and citizenship ready outcomes for student learning and reinforces the work of other entities in defining the skills and knowledge required to be college, career, and citizenship ready.
KAP HGSS Formative Assessment Document List and PromptsThis link to the CETE formative assessment program (KAP) has access to documents that are eligible for assessment and practice essay prompt teachers might use to prepare their students for the rigors of the new HGSS assessment.
Multidisciplinary Performance task (MDPT) Rubrics - Grade 6-8This link is to the scoring rubric for the MDPT for 6th and 8th grade
Multidisciplinary Performance task (MDPT) Rubrics - High SchoolThis link is to the scoring rubric
Sample 11th Grade HGSS MDPTThis is a field-tested assessment item released for classroom use.
Sample 8th Grade HGSS MDPTThis is a field-tested assessment item released for classroom use.
Third Edition of Training Presentation for the HGSS Standards with notesThis is an updated (December 31, 2014) training power point on the HGSS standards with presentation notes.
Using Resource Sets in the Social Studies Classroom Preparing for the MDPTThis narrated presentation informs teachers and administrators on how the use of resource sets in the classroom may help prepare students for the performance task section of the HGSS assessment.


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