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Social Sciences education aims to help students develop as rational, humane and productive citizens in a democratic society. Social Sciences Curriculum and Assessment materials provide information for districts, schools, teachers, parents, and students about instruction and assessment in Civics, Economics, Geography, History, and Social Science Analysis.

Standards
Standards-based education is the process of basic teaching, learning and assessment that focuses on national, state, and local educational standards. Academic Content Standards are statements of what students are expected to know and be able to do at specified grade levels.
Assessment
Oregon's Statewide Social Sciences Assessments include grade 5, grade 8, and high school benchmarks, local performance assessments as well as computer-based tests.
Content & Assessment Panel
The Oregon Department of Education establishes a number of Content and Assessment panels to assist in the various activities that surround the academic content standards.
Information on Ethnic Studies (House Bill 2845)
House Bill 2845 directed ODE to convene an advisory group to develop statewide ethnic studies standards for public kindergarten through grade 12.
Discovering Native Histories along the Lewis and Clark Trail
The National Endowment for the Humanities is underwriting this professional development opportunity for K-12 school teachers from across the U.S., June 30 - July 31, 2019.
Honoring Tribal Legacies Curriculum Material
Honoring Tribal Legacies is a digital collection of teaching resources for use in classrooms everywhere.
Professional Development
As the result of reform efforts that began with the Oregon Act for the 21st Century expectations for students, and consequently teachers, have been raised. To meet these new expectations educators are being asked to master new skills and responsibilities and deepen their content knowledge. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is one way to meet these needs.
Resources
Education in the social sciences aims to help students develop as rational, humane and productive citizens in a democratic society. This page includes information and links to: educator resources, curriculum & instruction, agencies, museums and libraries. This page has information pertaining to Civics, Economics, Geography, History, and more
Civics & Financial Education Task Force
The Civics and Financial Education Task Force was established by the 2007 Oregon Legislature through the passage of HB 2584. The Task Force made recommendations about how to increase and improve civics and financial education in kindergarten through grade 12.

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