Survey of State Requirements

National Survey of State Requirements Course Offerings and Assessment in Social Studies 2002-2003

National Survey of State Requirements Course Offerings and Assessment in Social Studies 2002-2003 (pdf download)

Sponsored by: The Council of State Social Studies Specialists (CS4)


This publication, National Survey of State Requirements, Course Offerings and Assessment in Social Studies, Kindergarten – Grade 12, is an annual revision of a May 1976 survey conducted by Dr. Jeri M. Sutton and staff of the Social Studies Service, Virginia Department of Education. The Council of State Social Studies Specialists (CS4) commissioned an update of the survey which was published in 1986. The council's purpose was to develop a profile of social studies course offerings and requirements in grades K- 12 for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The committee that compiled the 1986 version included Dr. Thomas A. Elliot, Virginia Department of Education, and Mr. Paul G. Johnson, formerly with the Nebraska Department of Education. In 1988, Dr. Judith S. Wooster, formerly of the New York State Education Department, revised the profiles of course offerings, and included information about testing for each state and the District of Columbia.

From 1989 to 1995, this publication was updated by Dr. Cordell M. Svengalis, Iowa Department of Education. From 1995 to 1997 this edition, it has been edited by Patricia Dye of Massachusetts and Lewis Huffman in Delaware. As you can see it has been a few years since we have updated this information. Since then John LeFeber has drug us kicking and screaming into the world of internet technology. State requirements and course offerings has been gathered electronically for the first time in our organization’s history. It is the hope of CS4 that the information contained in this publication will be of assistance to the many audiences interested in social studies education. If additional information is needed on state social studies programs, please call the state social studies contact directly.

Marcie Taylor-Thoma
President 2001-02
Council of State Social Studies Specialists