Social Studies Standards and Courses

The Arkansas State Board of Education (SBE) adopted Social Studies Standards and Courses to represent the work of educators from across the state. These documents include expectations for what all students should know and be able to do. The Arkansas State Board of Education approved revised Social Studies Standards in December 2022.

2022 Approved Social Studies Standards (Full implementation required by 2024-25.)

K-8 Standards

K-4 Standards (PDF)

5-6 Standards (PDF)

Grade 7 Standards (PDF)

Grade 8 Standards (PDF)

Arkansas History (Grades 7-8) (PDF)

High School Standards

African-American History (PDF)

Arkansas History (Grades 9-12) (PDF)

Civics (PDF)

Economics with Personal Finance (PDF)

Psychology (PDF)

Sociology (PDF)

United States Government (PDF)

United States History Since 1929 (PDF)

World Geography (PDF)

World History Since 1450 (PDF


2014 Approved Social Studies Standards (To be archived by June 2024.)

K-8 Standards

K-4 Standards (PDF|DOCX)

5-6 Standards (PDF|DOCX)

Grade 7 Standards (PDF|DOCX)

Grade 8 Standards (PDF|DOCX)

Arkansas History (Grades 7-8) (PDF|DOCX)    • Arkansas History Grades 7-8 Teacher Resource Guide

High School Standards

African-American History (PDF|DOCX)

Arkansas History (Grades 9-12) (PDF|DOCX)    • Arkansas History Grades 9-12 Teacher Resource Guide

Civics (PDF|DOCX)

Economics (PDF|DOCX)

Personal Finance (PDF|DOCX)

Psychology (PDF|DOCX)

Sociology (PDF|DOCX)

United States Government (PDF|DOCX)

United States History Since 1890 (PDF|DOCX)

World Geography (PDF|DOCX)

World History Since 1450 (PDF|DOCX


Personal Finance Standards and Courses

The Arkansas State Board of Education has approved the necessary personal finance standards to meet the requirements of Act 480 and Act 466.  Beginning with the freshmen class of 2017-18, these acts require students to complete a course that includes specific personal finance standards in grade 9, 10, 11, or 12.  The link above includes information on approved courses and professional development opportunities and resources available to teachers.


Disciplinary Literacy (Grades 6-12)

The following document contains the Arkansas Reading and Writing Standards for History/Social Studies in grade bands 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12.  After each of the reading and writing content standard titles (e.g., Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, Text Types and Purposes), and grade-band expectations, are teacher notes that provide guidance to social studies teachers when integrating the literacy standards with the content being taught.


Grades 6-12 Arkansas Disciplinary Literacy Standards Resource for History/Social Studies (PDF/DOCX).


For more information, please contact:

Amber Murry Pirnique, M.Ed.
Disciplinary Literacy Program Manager
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-5764


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