Posted: Wed, 06/11/2014 - 11:45am Updated: Tue, 04/07/2020 - 3:37pm

Indiana Academic Standards Social Studies   Indiana Content Area Literacy Standards

Social Studies Resource Guides   Social Studies Correlation Guides

Social Studies Standards Vertical Articulations   Literacy   Content Connectors


The Indiana Academic Standards for Social Studies are the result of a process designed to identify, evaluate, synthesize, and create the highest quality, rigorous standards for Indiana students. The standards are designed to ensure that all Indiana students, upon graduation, are prepared for both college and career opportunities. In alignment with Indiana’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, the academic standards reflect the core belief that all students can achieve at a high level.

What are the Indiana Academic Standards?

The Indiana Academic Standards are designed to help educators, parents, students, and community members understand what students need to know and be able to do at each grade level, and within each content strand, in order to exit high school college and career ready. The academic standards should form the basis for strong Tier 1 instruction at each grade level and for each content area for all students, in alignment with Indiana’s vision for Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS). While the standards have identified the academic content or skills that Indiana students need to be prepared for both college and career, they are not an exhaustive list. Students require a wide range of physical, social, and emotional support to be successful. This leads to a second core belief outlined in Indiana’s ESSA plan that learning requires an emphasis on the whole child.

While the standards may be used as the basis for curriculum, the Indiana Academic Standards are not a curriculum. Curricular tools, including textbooks, are selected by the district/school and adopted through the local school board. However, a strong standards-based approach to instruction is encouraged, as most curricula will not align perfectly with the Indiana Academic Standards. Additionally, attention should be given at the district and school-level to the instructional sequence of the standards as well as to the length of time needed to teach each standard. Every standard has a unique place in the continuum of learning - omitting one will certainly create gaps - but each standard will not require the same amount of time and attention. A deep understanding of the vertical articulation of the standards will enable educators to make the best instructional decisions. The Indiana Academic Standards must also be complemented by robust, evidence-based instructional practices, geared to the development of the whole child. By utilizing well-chosen instructional practices, social-emotional competencies and employability skills can be developed in conjunction with the content standards.


Indiana Academic Social Studies Standards



New 2020 PDF

New 2020 Word

2014 PDF

Kindergarten 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Grade 1 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Grade 2 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Grade 3 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Grade 4 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Grade 5 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Grade 6 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Grade 7 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Grade 8 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Economics 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Ethnic Studies 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Geography & History of the World 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Global Economics 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Psychology 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Sociology 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
United States Government 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
United States History 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
World Geography 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
World History & Civilization 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Indiana Studies 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF



Indiana Content Area Literacy Standards
These standards provide guidance to social studies teachers in grades 6-12 on expectations for integrating reading and writing skills into their daily instruction.
Title Updated New 2020 PDF New 2020 WORD 2014 PDF
History/Social Studies Content Area Literacy 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF



Social Studies Resource Guides for Indiana Academic Standards 2014
These Teacher Resource Guides have been developed to provide supporting materials to help educators successfully implement the social studies standards.  These resources are provided to help teachers in their work to ensure all students meet the rigorous learning expectations set by the Academic Standards. Use of these resources is optional.
Title Updated Download PDF Download Word
Grade 4 03/17/2015 PDF Word
Grade 5 03/17/2015 PDF Word
Grade 6 03/17/2015 PDF Word
Grade 7 10/28/2016 PDF Word
Grade 8 03/17/2015 PDF Word
Grade 8 Standards IN Connection 12/27/2017 PDF -
Economics 03/17/2015 PDF Word
Psychology 03/17/2015 PDF Word
Sociology 03/17/2015 PDF Word
United States Government 03/17/2015 PDF Word
United States History 09/25/2017 PDF Word
High School Standards IN Connection 12/27/2017 PDF -
World History & Civilization 09/25/2017 PDF Word
World War I - PDF -



Social Studies Standards Vertical Articulations
The Vertical Articulation documents illustrate the significant connections between the standards across grade levels. Administrators and teachers are encouraged to use these documents to facilitate cross-grade level discussions.
Title Updated Download
Grade K-3 Vertical Articulation 07/18/2014 PDF
Grade 4-5 Vertical Articulation 07/18/2014 PDF
Grade 6-7 Vertical Articulation 07/18/2014 PDF
U.S. History Vert Articulation 07/18/2014 PDF



Social Studies Correlation Guides
These documents provide guidance and illustrate the correlations between the current Indiana Academic Standards for social studies (2014) and the previous standards from 2007. Teachers are encouraged to use this document as an instructional support tool.
Title Updated Download
Kindergarten 08/20/2014 PDF
Grade 1 08/20/2014 PDF
Grade 2 08/20/2014 PDF
Grade 3 08/20/2014 PDF
Grade 4 08/20/2014 PDF
Grade 5 08/20/2014 PDF
Grade 6 08/20/2014 PDF
Grade 7 08/20/2014 PDF
Grade 8 08/20/2014 PDF
U.S. History 08/20/2014 PDF
Government 08/20/2014 PDF
Economics 08/20/2014 PDF