New Campaign for Social Studies Standards Reform

David Randall

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With the 2022–2023 school year officially in full swing, the Civics Alliance is beginning a new, nationwide campaign for social studies standards reform.

Social Studies Standards: Reform Campaign

The Civics Alliance is beginning its new campaign for social studies standards reform. The Civics Alliance affiliates, and other interested individuals, will have their first monthly Zoom session on Monday, September 19, at 2 pm Eastern Time. Please email [email protected] if you would like to join these monthly Zoom meetings.

The Civics Alliance, building on the information provided in its State Information Packets, has now collected information on the social studies standards revision process in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our current information for when the states will begin their revision process is as follows:

2022/Current: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky (partial), Minnesota, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia

2023: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Ohio, Oregon, Wyoming

2024: Alabama, Arizona, Montana, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Wisconsin

2025: Kentucky, Texas

2026: Maryland, North Dakota, South Carolina

2027: Hawaii, Kansas

2029: Louisiana

2031: Illinois

No Revision Currently Scheduled: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri (but could change), New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington

Waiting Confirmation: Colorado (2022), District of Columbia (current process), North Carolina (2021)

Please email David Randall ([email protected]) if you are interested in further information about your state’s social studies revision process and what you can do to participate.

The current priority is states whose social studies standards reform process is ongoing or about to begin: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia.

Call for New Civics Alliance State Affiliates

The Civics Alliance is building a network of state affiliates—groups dedicated to removing action civics in their state, whom we will list on our website. If you would like to form such an organization, or suggest an existing organization, please get in touch with David Randall ([email protected]).

Continuing Priorities: Federal Legislation

At the federal level, the Civics Secures Democracy Act threatens to impose action civics nationwide.

The Civics Bill Tracker

Civics Alliance members may now use the Civics Bill Tracker to track all proposed federal and state legislation related to civics.

Public Action

We encourage Civics Alliance members to inform the public and policymakers about the stakes and consequences of action civics bills.


David Randall is Executive Director of the Civics Alliance and Director of Research at the National Association of Scholars.

Image: Jessica Lewis, Public Domain

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