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Social Studies

The Board of Regents, at the April 29, 2014 meeting, adopted the New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework as the foundation for Social Studies in New York State.  The New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework was revised in 2016 and 2017 and is now full implemented in grades K-12.

The Framework based U.S. History Regents Exam will be the only U.S. History Regents Exam offered from this point forward.  There will be no U.S. History Regents Exam administered in January 2022.  See the U.S. History Regents Exam exemption memo from the Office of State Assessment.  Please note there will be no U.S History Regents Exam given in January 2022.  The Framework based Regents Exam will be administered on June 1, 2021. 

New York State has five specific content areas for standards:

  • History of the United States and New York
  • World History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Civics, Citizenship, and Government

For information on our Civic Readiness Initiative please visit our Civic Readiness webpage. 

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