Philosophy of Ohio’s Social Studies Academic Content Standards (2011)
Ohio’s Learning Standards in Social Studies incorporate history, geography, government, and economics in order to prepare students to be participating citizens. Specifically, social studies:
• Helps students develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for themselves and for the common good;
• Prepares students for their role as citizens and decision makers in a diverse, democratic society;
• Enables students to learn about significant people, places, events, and issues in the past in order to understand the present; and
• Fosters students’ abilities to act responsibly and become successful problem solvers in an interdependent world of limited resources.
Guiding Assumptions for Ohio’s Learning Standards in Social Studies
• Set high expectations and provide strong support for social studies achievement by all students;
• Represent the social studies knowledge and skills needed to make a successful transition to post-secondary education, the workplace, and civic life;
• Are informed by national standards documents;
• Balance knowledge, conceptual understanding, and skill development;
• Address significant understandings that are the basis for sound decision-making as citizens;
• Focus on important social studies topics;
• Represent a rigorous progression across grades and in-depth study within each grade;
• Serve as the basis for classroom and statewide assessments; and
• Guide the development of local social studies curricula and instructional programs.
Fairfield students are assessed by Ohio's EOC (End of Course) exams in the high school subjects of American History and Modern World History.