Social Studies News Update

From Coordinator for Instruction Roy Sovis, Genesee ISD

Common Core State Standards Update

The Michigan Department of Education is still supports the implementation of the Common Core State Standards; however, may not spend any funds toward implementation and testing until further action is taken by the state legislator.

SMARTER Balanced Update

From the July/August 2013 SMATER News: "Recognizing the need for example assessment items that teachers can use for professional learning, Smarter Balanced developed online Practice Tests for grades 3–8 and 11 in English language arts/literacy (ELA/literacy) and mathematics. The Practice Tests are available through the Smarter Balanced website.

The Practice Tests include test questions with the same features that students will experience in 2014–15, including performance tasks—extended activities that challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to real-world problems.

Since the launch of the Practice Tests in May, Smarter Balanced has made a number of enhancements, including grade-level scoring guides that provide rubrics for each item."


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Next year is the 70th anniversary of D-Day

Michigan Council for History Education

Youth Leadership Initiative

Enrollment is now open for your students, their parents and you to take a free class with Professor Larry J. Sabato (founder and director of YLI) about the life and political legacy of America’s 35th President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. You may view an introductory video for the class by clicking on the picture above or by going to