Proposed Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards


Over eight years ago, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) joined 27 other states to create the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies.  For the past five years, the social studies community has updated and reviewed the Michigan Social Studies Standards through the lens of the C3 Framework.  Update committees for grades K-8 and 9-12 consisting of representatives from the Michigan Council for Civil Education, Michigan Council for Economic Education, Michigan Geographic Alliance, the Michigan Council for History Education, and the Michigan Council for the Social Studies, reviewed and edited Michigan’s social studies standards.  The original writers have been joined by teachers, administrators, college professors, community members, parents and students to update the standards with an eye toward assuring that the standards are fewer, clearer, and higher.  Diverse points of view and representation have been a part of the current draft standards.   

These efforts have been shared with the State Board of Education and are now ready for a period of public comment and review.  The period of public comment spans from April 10, 2019 through May 9, 2019.  Opportunities for comment exist through an online survey and face to face Listen and Learn Sessions across the state (see below).  Included below are a copy of the power point provided to the State Board of Education as well as two sets of standards for use in reviewing the proposed standards in comparison with 2007 and 2018.  There is also a clean copy of the draft 2019 standards.

Department of Education staff look forward to comments to ensure a strong set of social studies standards.

Public Comment Dates

Please Note: All public comment session will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

Those who need mobility, visual, hearing, foreign language, written and/or other assistance for effective participation may request an accommodation, call 734.972.5662 or e-mail at at least 7 business days prior to the event date. Requests received after that date cannot be guaranteed, but efforts will be made to provide the accommodation requested.