Standards

The Maine Learning Results, which include the History/Social Studies component of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) & Literacy, are the Maine social studies standards. This page provides links to resources and information regarding the social studies standards.

  • Maine Learning Results (including CCSS). Supporting materials and information regarding the Maine Learning Results for Social Studies.
  • National Social Studies Standards & Frameworks. Links to information and standards documents developed by national disciplinary organizations. The Maine Department of Education does not endorse these standards and frameworks, however, this compiled list of resources is provided for educators' consideration.

College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies

The C3 Framework focuses on inquiry skills and key concepts of social studies and provides connections to CCSS. The document is intended to serve as a resource for states and local districts to consider when developing or upgrading standards.  

As a member of the Social Studies Assessment Curriculum and Instruction Collaborative of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), Maine was invited to participate in a targeted review of the C3 Framework. In April 2013, the Maine C3 Review Team (comprised of more than 30 educators from all grade levels and all regions of the state) provided feedback on the draft document. Our in-state review process was part of a larger targeted review where over 3,000 respondents from the social studies community offered feedback on the C3 Framework. These stakeholders represented K-12 educators, university faculty, state education personnel, professional organization representatives, educational publishers and cultural organizations.

More information and a free copy of the C3 Framework may be found on the National Council for the Social Studies’ C3 web page.