On April 19, 2019 Governor Mills signed LD 283, which contained the revised Maine Learning Results for Social Studies. While personal finance has always been included in the standards, this bill and the subsequent revision of the standards were designed to make explicit the importance of this content area. The law went into effect on June 23. Planning is underway for a series of professional development opportunities around the state in 2019 and 2020, as well as online resources to help support schools as they transition to use of the revised standards.
In the meantime, a new Social Studies: Standards & Instruction website has been created, along with links to related pages and resources, to help educators and districts begin planning for any curricular changes that are deemed necessary in light of the revised standards.
As part of the scheduled periodic review of the Maine Learning Results, the Maine Department of Education completed a revision of the Social Studies component of the Maine Learning Results. See button below for the 2019 version of the Maine Learning Results for Social Studies. The 2007 version of the Maine Learning Results for Social Studies are available at the bottom of this web page.
The social studies standards include four content areas (Civics & Government, Personal Finance & Economics, Geography, History) with performance expectations that embed the application of social studies processes, knowledge, and skills. Each content strand breaks down the standard into performance expectations for each separate grade K-5 and grade bands for grades 6-8 and 9-Diploma. The standards also include an introduction with more information about the Guiding Principles and a section of key ideas in the social studies standards.
Local schools make decisions about the identification of resources that will support teachers and students in their learning and understanding in social studies. The Maine Department of Education offers materials on this page to assist schools in their local efforts.
Standards Revision Overview August 2019:
Check out the introductory videos below to learn more about the standards:
Changes to Elementary Framework
Guiding Principles & Introduction
The Embedding of Skills and Processes
Addition of Foundational & Developing Notations
Grade Level and Content Specific Versions of the Revised Social Studies Standards
- In order to streamline the standards for teacher and district use, check out the links below for the standards and performance expectations based on grade level:
- In order to streamline the standards for teacher and district use, check out the links below for more information about the individual content strands:
Strengthening the teaching of Maine Native Americans:
- During the revision process, effort was given to strengthen the teaching of Maine Native Americans. There is a Maine Department of Education resource page related to teaching about Maine Native Americans. You can learn more about the work that was done in the video below:
Emphasizing the role of Personal Finance:
- During the revision process, effort was given to emphasize the role of teaching Personal Finance. In order to support teachers and districts in teaching about Personal Finance, the Maine Department of Education in partnership with the Maine Jump$tart Coalition, has created a financial education resource, titled the Maine Financial Literacy Framework & Resource Guide. The Maine Department of Education also maintains a web page devoted to resources and organizations that support the teaching of financial literacy. You can learn more about the work that was done in the video below:
Supporting Materials Specific to Social Studies
- Social Studies Major Enduring Themes (PDF, 136KB). Framework options for school systems.
- 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.
- Maine Learning Results for Social Studies - 2007 Version