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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.

2020 HGSS Standards

2020 Kansas History, Government, and Social Studies StandardsAdopted on March 10, 2020

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 StudiesRevised 08/28/17. Document 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.
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.

History, Government, and Social Studies
Program Consultant

Don Gifford
(785) 296-3892

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-0979

Assistant Director
Curricular Standards
David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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