Final Draft of C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards Released

c3coverThe National Council for Social Studies just released the final draft of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards.  I haven’t had a chance to read through the final draft yet, but what I find interesting is how the Council of Chief State School Officers backed way from it.  They were the ones who facilitated the effort to develop these standards.  Without any fanfare or news that I could find this was given to the National Council for Social Studies to complete and CCSSO doesn’t have any fingerprints on the final draft.

According to NCSS here are the guiding principles for the C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards:

  • Social studies prepares the nation’s young people for college, careers, and civic life.
  • Inquiry is at the heart of social studies.
  • Social studies involves interdisciplinary applications and welcomes integration of the arts and humanities.
  • Social studies is composed of deep and enduring understandings, concepts, and skills from the disciplines. Social studies emphasizes skills and practices as preparation for democratic decision-making.
  • Social studies education should have direct and explicit connections to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.

They also write:

The C3 Framework, like the Common Core State Standards, emphasizes the acquisition and application of knowledge to prepare students for college, career, and civic life. It intentionally envisions social studies instruction as an inquiry arc of interlocking and mutually reinforcing elements that speak to the intersection of ideas and learners. The Four Dimensions highlighted below center on the use of questions to spark curiosity, guide instruction, deepen investigations, acquire rigorous content, and apply knowledge and ideas in real world settings to become active and engaged citizens in the 21st century.

Here is the framework below.  A review will be forthcoming.

You can read the framework here, here or below:

7 thoughts on “Final Draft of C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards Released

  1. Interesting. Your group “spanked” me for connecting a 8th Grade Social Studies Assignment to Common Core and the Associated Standards.

    I didn’t get past the FIRST paragraph in the CIVICS Section when the whole thing went off the rails. America is NOT a Constitutional Democracy.


    IN A CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY, productive civic engagement requires knowledge of the history, principles, and foundations of our American democracy, and the ability to participate in civic and democratic processes”

    1. We “spanked” you mainly because Common Core is math & ELA, so far no state has adopted these yet.
      Regarding what you found… I brought up that particular point when I reviewed an earlier draft in April. It’s unfortunate that made it into the final draft.
      I am pretty optimistic that we can keep this out of most states. It’s pretty telling that CCSSO backed away.

      1. Common Core is a vehicle.

        States may not have “adopted” them but they are using them in the class room.

        1. C.W., please don’t be upset, I think that it was merely a mis-understanding. Let us unify our efforts. And you have a VERY valid point…you appear to be thinking waaaaay ahead. But we must reject what we have now before we concentrate our efforts on ‘standards’ yet imposed.

          I’m kind of torn, though…an ounce of prevention and all that…but it’s hard to prepare for a drought when you’re neck deep in the ocean and there is an anchor on your leg.

          I am so overwhelmed. Clearly a Cloward and Piven strategy.

          RalphPierre @

  2. I stil hold the opinion that we must find a judge in our state to halt implementation of these unproven and statistically falsified ‘Standards’. I just don’t have the knowledge or the money to do it, and I’m not among the ‘powers that be’.

  3. I have to agree with Constitution Warrior it is already being used in our schools, like it our not it is not on its way, it is here! Common Core is the heart that this particular vein will draw from to keep everything moving right along in this agenda. It is so sad as much as we know about History we seem to always have a group or generation of people who for some reason want to repeat it.

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