Social Studies Framework Implementation, Course Requirements and Assessment Changes

The New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework was approved by the Board of Regents in April, 2014. The Board of Regents approved a roadmap for its implementation in September 2014.  It is important for teachers and administrators to be familiar with the Social Studies standards and practices that are identified in the New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework. We strongly recommend that districts begin now to align existing curriculum in K-12 social studies with the Frameworks and implement instruction in not tested grade levels (K-8 and 12) no later than the start of the 2015-16 school year. The Frameworks can be found at

According to the NYS K-12 Social Studies Framework adopted in April 2014, Global History and Geography will be split into two distinct units of study. The new Global History and Geography II  Regents Exam will be first available in June 2018; the new US History Regents Exam will be first available in June 2019.

Effective January 28, 2015, the Commissioner’s Regulation regarding multiple pathways to graduation requires a student to pass the ELA Regents Exam, one math Regents Exam, one science Regents Exam, one social studies Regents Exam and one other assessment to fulfill the requirements for a high school diploma. Students may earn a high school diploma by passing either the Global History and Geography Regents OR the United States History and Government Regents AND one other approved pathway assessment. The pathway assessment option is available to students eligible to graduate in June 2015 and beyond. Students who enter grade 9 in September 2016 or thereafter will be required to earn two units of credit in Global History and Geography.

Detailed timeline for implementation and information about resources can be found in the field memo below.

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