According to the National Council for the Social Studies, “The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world” (NCSS, What is Social Studies).
A foundation in social studies education prepares students for success in college, career, and community. Standards and courses require students to select and evaluate sources of information, draw and build upon ideas, explore issues, examine data, and analyze events from the full range of human experience to develop critical thinking skills essential for productive citizens.
This page provides links to current state social studies standards, resources for lessons, and information regarding opportunities for teachers and students, the Arkansas Civics Exam, and Community Service Learning.
Standards and Courses
Programs and Opportunities
For more information, please contact:
Melissa Starkey, Social Studies Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, AR 72201