For many Missouri educators, summer is a time to reflect on the past school year, make plans for the upcoming year and, hopefully, find much-needed time to recharge one’s own batteries after a busy school year.
At DESE, summer is a busy time too for social studies teaching and learning. We are continuing EOC development work for Government and the optional American History assessments with teams of Missouri educators reviewing drafted questions for the 2018-2019 field test. The new blueprints for both these EOC assessments will be posted by July 1, 2018. You will be able to access that new blueprint at https://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/asmt-eoc-blueprint.pdf.
At the bottom of this page, you will find updated resources developed by Missouri educators to support your own classroom, school or district work: an Excel spreadsheet of K-12 Missouri Learning Standards Expectations for Social Studies, crosswalks for previous to now-current K-12 Social Studies Expectations, K-12 Social Studies Item Specifications used in state-wide assessment development as well as applicable to local curriculum and assessment work, K-5 ELA/Social Studies Crosswalks, a Government/ELA Crosswalk and a Curriculum Framework document to support your local work. If curriculum writing or assessment development are part of your summer plans, I hope these resources will be useful.
Here are some other summer opportunities, which may be of interest to you:
- African Americans in World War I: June 24, 2018
Many African Americans saw the war as an opportunity to redefine their U.S. citizenship and improve social, political and economic conditions. Join U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Bernard Harris for a discussion on African American officers’ training camps at Fort Des Moines and the complex challenges many soldiers faced abroad and at home during the war. Presented in observation of Juneteenth in partnership with the National Archives at Kansas and the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group. FREE with RSVP | Edward Jones Research Center https://my.theworldwar.org/events?view=list&span=month&k=public%20programs
- Teaching Primary Sources in Missouri History: June 29, 2018.
Are you teaching from a textbook instead of taking advantage of the rich heritage of St. Louis and St. Charles areas? There are many new technology resources making primary sources available to teachers free! This one-day workshop focuses on using local resources and technology to teach primary sources in Missouri history in middle and high school classrooms. For more information and to register visit: https://tinyurl.com/LU-History
- Expanding Citizenship from Civil War to Civil Rights Educator Workshop—July 11-12, 2018
Join Teaching with Primary Sources—MTSU and the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site for a special two-day workshop open to all educators. The workshop will take place at the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site located 7400 Grant Road, St. Louis, MO 63123. There is no cost to attend and lunch is provided on both days. To register, contact Julie Northrip at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-842-1867 ext. 223
- The Missouri Humanities Council is organizing a Bicentennial Penny Drive in spring 2018. Funds raised will be used for much needed conservation of important state founding documents in celebration of our state’s approaching 200thanniversary. Funds raised will also be used for creation and publication of the digital online Encyclopedia of Missouri History by the Missouri Historical Society. For information on how you might participate contact Claire Bruntrager, Associate Director of Missouri Humanities Council at Claire@mohumanities.org
As always, please feel free to reach out by phone or email, if we can help you in the important work you do. Our goal is to support you in every way we can; that success begins with communication.
Dixie Johnson Grupe
Director, Social Studies
Office of College and Career Readiness
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
The Missouri Civics Education Initiative, passed by the Missouri legislature and signed by Governor Nixon in June 2016, requires any student entering 9th grade after July 1, 2017 to pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics.
The law states that the examination shall consist of 100 questions similar to the one hundred questions used by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and may be included in any other examination that is administered on the provisions and principles of the United States and the State of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions. The full text of the law can be found at http://www.senate.mo.gov/16info/pdf-bill/tat/SB638.pdf
So what does that mean for Missouri Social Studies?
- We will continue with the current Government EOC exam and the voluntary American History EOC exam.
- Local districts will assure compliance.
- School districts may use an online test to comply. See http://civicseducationinitiative.org/take-the-test/ for ideas.
- Districts may choose to create a crosswalk of the USCIS questions and their existing American Government, Missouri Government and American History assessment, and then to amend those assessments to comply with the USCIS content. Districts are encouraged to maintain the crosswalk and adjustments as verification of content assessed. The USCIS site testing materials are available at https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test
If you have additional questions about this law and social studies testing, please contact email@example.com