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Report on the State of History Education

A report on the state of history education

Updated in Fall 2011 to include world history requirements and assessments, this revised Report on the State of History Education describes changes in state policies regarding history standards, assessments, and requirements for initial teacher licensure between August 2008 and September 2010. Download the report below, or click on the cover to the left.

To learn more about the original Report on the State of U.S. History Education, read below.

For the thousands of educators participating in Teaching American History grants, it seems obvious that U.S. history is getting more attention in schools than ever before. Over the last seven years, more than $700 million in federal funds have been dedicated to the professional development of U.S. history teachers—the largest funding influx ever. But what is happening in the states? Are students required to take U.S. history? Is student achievement in the subject being documented and monitored?

This report examines the state of U.S. history education primarily at the state level. It focuses on state standards, assessments, and subject-matter requirements for initial teacher licensure and describes significant educational programs that cross state boundaries.

Read the Executive Summary or the full report. Then examine the data for individual states listed below.