Social Studies

The History and Social Science Standards of Learning are designed to:

  • develop the knowledge and skills of history, geography, civics, and economics that enable students to place the people, ideas, and events that have shaped our state and our nation in perspective;
  • instill in students a thoughtful pride in the history of America through an understanding that what “We the People of the United States” launched more than two centuries ago was not a perfect union, but a continual effort to build a “more perfect” union, one which has become the world’s most successful example of constitutional self-government;
  • enable students to understand the basic values, principles, and operation of American constitutional democracy;
  • prepare students for informed, responsible, and participatory citizenship;
  • develop students’ skills in debate, discussion, and writing; and 
  • provide students with a framework for continuing education in history and the social sciences.

History and social science skills are a key component of understanding historical, geographic, political, and economic events or trends. They are the tools used to increase student understanding of the history and social science curriculum. The development of these skills is also important in order for students to become better-informed citizens. Note: The skills will not be assessed in isolation; rather, they will be assessed as part of the content in the History and Social Science Standards of Learning. 

Virginia Department of Education: History and Social Science Page

Virginia Department Of Education new History and Science Standards of Learning These standards were adopted in February of 2023.  BCPS will begin the process of implementing the new standards in the 2023-2024 school year.  Full implementation will occur during the 2025-2026 school year.  

For more information contact:
Mr. Aaron Mabery 
Supervisor of Humanities
[email protected]